Attacks Against U.S.-NATO Forces Rising in Afghanistan

September 16, 2006

U. S. and NATO military commanders are expressing growing concern about the rising number of attacks from resistance fighters in Afghanistan.

Currently, there are over 20,000 U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan and Pentagon officials are worried about "heavier than expected resistance throughout the south."

On September 9th, in a meeting in Warsaw, commanders said that thousands of more troops, as well as more helicopters and warplanes, were needed for the occupation. This request was repeated during a September 13th meeting in Belgium. In recent speeches, U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, has also been pleading with NATO countries to commit more troops.

Democratic Senator John Kerry also said in a recent speech in Boston that the Bush administration had adopted "a policy of cut-and-run" and the Pentagon should deploy at least 5,000 more troops to help suppress the resistance in Afghanistan. He also called for the deployment of more military hardware.