Taliban violence spreads in Afghanistan: US reportThe Pentagon said that insurgent INSURGENT. One who is concerned in an insurrection. He differs from a rebel in this, that rebel is always understood in a bad sense, or one who unjustly opposes the constituted authorities; insurgent may be one who justly opposes the tyranny of constituted authorities. violence was on the rise across Afghanistan and that international forces lacked the troops and resources to control the country's south.
In a report to Congress, the US Defense Department described a dramatic increase in insurgent attacks in the spring and summer of 2008, saying the period marked the worst violence since the Taliban's ouster ouster n. 1) the wrongful dispossession (putting out) of a rightful owner or tenant of real property, forcing the party pushed out of the premises to bring a lawsuit to regain possession. in 2001.
A resurgent re·sur·gent
1. Experiencing or tending to bring about renewal or revival.
2. Sweeping or surging back again.
Adj. 1. Taliban was challenging the Kabul government for control of the south and east of the country, "and increasingly in the west," the report said.
In the south, "where resources are not sufficiently concentrated, security cannot be established or maintained," it added.
"In such areas, the full military, governance and economic spectrum of the COIN (counterinsurgency coun·ter·in·sur·gen·cy
Political and military strategy or action intended to oppose and forcefully suppress insurgency.
coun ) strategy cannot be implemented and the insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. retain their hold on the local Afghan population."
The report, delayed for months pending the outcome of various strategy reviews, came as President Barack Obama weighed urgent military requests for up to 30,000 more US troops in Afghanistan, nearly doubling the US force there.
The report's account of growing violence in the country was underscored by a suicide bombing Noun 1. suicide bombing - a terrorist bombing carried out by someone who does not hope to survive it
bombing - the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists
suicide bombing n → on Monday that killed 25 policemen in the southern town of Tirin Kot.
"The Taliban regrouped after its fall from power and has coalesced co·a·lesce
intr.v. co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing, co·a·lesc·es
1. To grow together; fuse.
2. To come together so as to form one whole; unite: into a resilient and evolving insurgency," the report said.
Insurgent attacks rose 33 percent last year and assaults along the country's major highway increased by 37 percent compared to 2007, it added.
The use of improvised explosive devices has also increased sharply, as has the targeting of construction and infrastructure projects.
"It is likely that attacks on these 'softer targets,' with less security and protection measures, will continue at elevated levels throughout the year," according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the report.
Titled "Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan," the report predicted the insurgents would attempt more high-profile strikes, such as the failed assassination Assassination
See also Murder.
Fanatical Moslem sect that smoked hashish and murdered Crusaders (11th—12th centuries). [Islamic Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 52]
conspirator and assassin of Julius Caesar. [Br. attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai Hamid Karzai (Persian and Pashto: حامد کرزي) (b. December 24, 1957) is the current President of Afghanistan, since December 7, 2004. He became the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime. in April 2008.
Insurgent surface-to-air fire rose 67 percent, the report added, without specifying which weapons were used.
Increased attacks on aircraft represent a potentially serious development for stretched international troops that rely heavily on helicopters to operate across rugged terrain.
According to the bi-annual report, insurgent attacks were concentrated in the south, a Taliban stronghold, and in the east along the border area with Pakistan considered a stronghold for Al-Qaeda militants.
Although combined efforts by international and Afghan forces have dealt setbacks to the guerrilla forces, uncovered safe havens Safe Havens is a comic strip drawn by cartoonist Bill Holbrook and syndicated by King Features Syndicate. Started in 1988, the strip is currently published in more than 50 newspapers. and dismantled roadside bombs, the insurgents have managed to pick up the pace of their attacks.
The militants were targeting police and civilians more often after stepped up security measures by US troops and the Afghan military, a move that has caused "an increasing sense of personal insecurity among the populace," according to the report.
More patrols by NATO-led forces have also contributed to the rise in attacks as militants and allies forces were coming into contact more often, it said.
While the insurgents were gaining influence among the population, the Kabul government was plagued by widespread corruption, poor leadership and a lack of educated workers, it added.
Describing the government as one of the weakest in the world, the report said Kabul was "hampered by pervasive corruption and a lack of sufficient leadership and human capital."
The country's police meanwhile were "hampered by a lack of reform, corruption, a lack of trainers and advisors, and a lack of unity of effort among the international community," the report said.
It outlined "two distinct insurgencies" aiming to oust the Afghan government and expel foreign forces from the country.
One was the Taliban based in the south and the other was "a more complex, adaptive insurgency in the east," it said.
The report cited data the Defense Department said was gathered mainly through August 2008 but some of the information on insurgent attacks was more recent.