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US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates delivered a very optimistic report about Afghanistan to Congress last Wednesday, June 16.
“I think we are regaining the initiative; I think we are making headway.”
But on Saturday a different assessment was published by the United Nations.
Violence in Afghanistan has continued to increase in recent months, as has the use of improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report.
And “anti-government” violence isn’t just more intense, it’s also better organized.
There are also an average of two more complex suicide attacks per month — bigger operations involving more assailants — double the average for 2009, the report said.
“The shift to more complex suicide attacks demonstrates a growing capability of the local terrorist networks linked to al Qaeda,” it said.
Meanwhile “collateral damage” continues to make blood enemies for the United States and its puppet-government in Kabul.
Ten civilians, including at least five women and children, were killed in NATO airstrikes in Khost Province, the provincial police chief said Saturday.
But there’s always good news for somebody in the Global War on Terror!
The United States Embassy here said Saturday that the company once known as Blackwater Worldwide has been awarded a contract worth more than $120 million to protect new United States consulates in the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif, The Associated Press reported.