January 25th, 2010
09:11 AM ET

U.S. briefing: Taliban increasingly effective

A briefing, prepared by the top U.S. intelligence official in Afghanistan and obtained by CNN, maps out the strategy and strength of the Taliban and its allies in Afghanistan, and concludes that the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan is increasingly effective.

The briefing, which warns that the "situation is serious," was prepared by Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn last month. His assessment is that the Taliban's "organizational capabilities and operational reach are qualitatively and geographically expanding" and the group is capable of much greater frequency of attacks and varied locations of attacks.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. rkeener

    A. Smith, Oregon
    You forget what happened on sept 11, 2001. We were attacked without provocation and without mercy. We made a promise ""We shall never forget". I like war very little, probably less than you, but we must remember why we are fighting and that as of the aforementioned date our homeland will never be safe again and we must stay ever vigilante. You complain of the expenses but you will be one of the first to complain of the lack of expenses for defense once the next attack comes. and one WILL come. I hope one dosent, but our enemy is stubborn and is bent on our destruction

    January 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    This looks like simply a crass urge for more money! President Obama made it clear he is rolling back both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and removing the US Military from them. War is big business, and it is difficult to tell them NO WAY, and cut their funding off. These jerks need to spend more time looking at America's dilapidated infra-structure, failing public schools and the mass of America's future that are unable to afford college education. The direction the US Military, Defense Contractors and the CIA has been to gut essential needs, and critically needed services across America which will take many dedicated years to restore. At least one full generation of American students is likely lost in the present rotation.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. keane the warrior...

    try to look at afghanistan neighbors the RUSSIA...they are 1 of those helping now...same as before what the US did during their occupation..and they feel they are threaten if the US will have an allies..this is a strategic area...everybody knows this..

    January 25, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |