Obama inherits stronger than ever Afghan insurgency

November 12th, 2008 - 3:35 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Nov 12 (ANI): Incidents in the recent past have shown that insurgency in Afghanistan has emerged stronger than ever, and new US President-elect Barack Obama will have to adopt a new approach to tackle it after he assumes White House on January 20.

Taliban attacks and U.S. casualties are the highest this year since the war in Afghanistan began. The region is so connected, that any of Afghanistan’’s neighbors could facilitate peace and security - or as has been seen, make the situation a lot worse, said a report in cbsnews.com

Karin von Hippel of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said that the US has been engaged in Afghan for too long, and it appears that Obamas strategy would focus on a regional solution.

I think in Afghanistan, we really dropped the ball for a long time. A regional approach really means looking at Afghanistan and Pakistan through a similar lens but also it should also mean bringing in China, bringing in India, bringing in Iran, bringing in the neighbors to make sure that everyone is part of the same solution, she said in her report.

In a video obtained by CBS News, a US convoy is attacked less than 20 miles from Kabul.

Another exclusive video from Pakistan’’s tribal areas shows young boys being indoctrinated as suicide bombers.

According to the Taliban, the fate of becoming suicide bombers is what awaits them over the Afghan border. The teenage boy seen in the video is about to blow himself up. The tape shows him saying goodbye to the men who packed his vehicle with explosives and heading off to find an American target.

The boy’’s mentors erupt in victory cries as they film the suicide, added the report. (ANI)

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