Resurgent Taliban closing in on Kabul
Militants seen educated in cyber training camps
Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:34am EST

By Luke Baker

LONDON (Reuters) – The conflict in Afghanistan has reached “crisis
proportions”, with the resurgent Taliban present in more than half
the country and closing in on Kabul, a report said on Wednesday.

If NATO, the lead force operating in Afghanistan, is to have any
impact against the insurgency, troop numbers will have to be doubled
to at least 80,000, the report said.

“The Taliban has shown itself to be a truly resurgent force,” the
Senlis Council, an independent think-tank with a permanent presence
in Afghanistan, wrote in a study entitled “Stumbling into Chaos:
Afghanistan on the brink”.

“Its ability to establish a presence throughout the country is now
proven beyond doubt,” it said. “The insurgency now controls vast
swaths of unchallenged territory including rural areas, some district
centers, and important road arteries.”

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