My Dad sent me the link to this story by CNN (Communist News Network) on the security of Kabul and the “Advancing Taliban Hordes.”
The article discusses an attack the Taliban made on a few government buildings a few weeks ago. Everything they say in the article is true, to the best of my knowledge (I wasn’t there). It was probably the largest orchestrated attacks the Taliban have committed in the city since the US occupation. But, the article glosses over the fact that it was Afghan Police officers that eliminated the insurgents and ended the fight, preventing a much greater incident.
Another important factor is that this is one of the only incidents that we have had in the city in a while.
Basically my point is this: although I agree that over the past few years security in Afghanistan has been slipping away from us, we are not in a Vietnam type situation. The Taliban is not knocking on the doors of Kabul and the city is still a safe haven for peaceful citizens. With 17,000 more security troops on their way and coalition forces likely to step up as well, we will regain lost ground soon.
Don’t let the media hype scare you. I predict a large increase of articles like this as the focus is directed away from Iraq and the economy and towards Afghanistan this spring and summer.