Afghanistan Heats Up

While attention is diverted to the war in Iraq, hostilities in Afghanistan are on the rise. In the past three weeks, two special-forces men were killed in an ambush, three Afghan soldiers had their throats slit at a lonely checkpoint, and a close ally of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was gunned down in southern Afghanistan. A former top Taliban chief, Mullah Dadullah, told the BBC in a phone interview that the warrior clerics were coming out of hiding to renew their war against Karzai and the U.S.-led coalition backing him. Dadullah claimed they are taking orders directly from Mullah Mohammed Omar,...

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