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Bracing for an attack in Afghanistan

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 02:33

Apr 29 - As the Pentagon reports that foreign troops have dealt a serious blow to Afghan insurgents, on the ground military forces prepare for an attack. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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A surge of foreign troops into Afghanistan has dealt a blow to the Taliban insurgency but total violence has risen since last fall, according to the Pentagon.' In a twice-annual report to the U.S. Congress, the Pentagon says the increase in overall security incidents is due in part to the surge of foreign troops, stepped-up targeting of insurgent safe havens, and mild winter weather. As U.S. President Barack Obama sent an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, violence hit its highest level in 2010 since the war began almost a decade ago. And the Pentagon is warning that there will be more "hard fighting" in 2011 as the Taliban forces try to regain lost ground. On the ground there is a feeling in the air of more to come. Brigadier General Josef Blotz in Kabul was made available to Reuters by the Pentagon. "On the other side, I have to say there is something in the air, I have to put it this way, Nobody herer in Afghanistan would be surprised if the insurgents would plan and attempt to come up with something very spectacular even before the end of the poppy harvest in Southern Afghanistan,." Blotz says military forces are prepared for the fight. SOUNDBITE: Brigadier General Josef Blotz, saying (English): "It is very important to see that there is still a minimal risk that there is still Taliban around, but we have to assure people in Afghanistan but also back home, that we are anticipating this we are preparing for this, and the best way to prepare for this is to be offensive." So far this year, 159 foreign solders have died in Afghanistan according to icasualities.org. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Bracing for an attack in Afghanistan

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 02:33