31 Jul '13, 10pm

Taliban step up operations in the north, ISAF buries head in sand

Last September, President Barack Obama claimed that the US-led military effort had "broken the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and begun the transition to an Afghan lead." That same month, then US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta maintained that 2012's frequent insider attacks, the "green-on-blue," were evidence of the "last gasp" of the al Qaeda-allied group. We here at The Long War Journal /Threat Matrix have disagreed with that position on Afghanistan as put forth by the Obama administration and the Department of Defense, and have stated that the situation in the country has not improved despite some tactical successes in the south [see LWJ report, Analysis: The Taliban's 'momentum' has not been broken ]. We still maintain this view. Oddly enough, ISAF's own statistics supported our case [see also LWJ report, ISAF analysis shows Afghan violence remains worse than be...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013...

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