Thursday, May 18, 2006

Taliban offensive continues, 105 dead

Further evidence of a Taliban resurgence emerged Wednesday with multiple attacks concentrated in southern Afghanistan.

Up to 105 people have died in the latest fighting including 87 Taliban insurgents, 14 Afghan police, an American and Afghan civilian and a Canadian soldier.

Unlike Iraq, where the resistance appeared pre-planned, the Taliban seemed taken by surprise by the coalition attacks of 2001.

Slowly though, they have organized resistance to the U.S.-backed regime of President Hamid Karzai.

Over the last few months, pro-Taliban forces have increased attacks in the south including one involving hundreds of fighters.

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