Both from The Guardian (UK based newspaper):
US Military Vows to Reclaim Helmand Towns from Taliban
Afghanistan Close to Anarchy, Warns General:
Apparently, the head of Nato's international security force in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General David Richards, feels that long term stability is seriously in danger. He cites numerous factors compounding problems in Afghanistan, including foreign agencies inneffectively communicating and working together, and unethical private security companies exacerbating local corruption.
The debate over the appropriate time to eradicate the poppy fields (the article describes Afghanistan as probably the largest producer of heroin in the world) and the effect it will have on the insurgency, warlords, and farmers in the country is also pretty interesting.
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