Violence In Afghanistan Up 90%
May 1, 2010, 1:11 pm
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Violence In Afghanistan Up 90%

April 29, 2010

Violence in Afghanistan is up nearly 90 percent from this time last year, according to a new Pentagon report submitted to Congress Wednesday.

Despite that increase and a 240 percent spike in roadside bomb attacks – a major factor in overall violence statistics – and increasing Taliban tactics to discredit President Hamid Karzai’s government with shadow governments, some officials said they are seeing encouraging trends.

“We have the beginnings of the potential for real change,” said a senior U.S. defense official who is closely involved with the Obama administration’s Afghanistan strategy. The additional troops ordered by President Barack Obama, the official said, “have begun to have some impact on reducing the Taliban’s ability to operate.”

The new report tracks progress in Afghanistan from October 2009 to March 2010, revealing that an overall decline in stability over the last several years appears now to have steadied. But overall violence has risen, mostly due to an increase in allied offensives reaching into Taliban-controlled areas, as well as successful Taliban efforts to return to areas that had been cleared by U.S. troops.

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