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Afghan media: Bush visits Afghanistan amid failure in war on terror
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21:43, December 16, 2008

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Afghanistan newspapers have described the Washington-led war on terror as failure and said that the outgoing White House chief Geroge W. Bush toured the post-Taliban state Monday amid surge in Taliban activities in the war-battered country.

"Violent insurgency and all other frustrating incidents in Afghanistan caused many observers to say that the fight against terrorism has turned into a debacle and prognostications that Afghanistan may slip back into the hands of extremists raged in media and press," daily Outlook writes in its editorial.

U.S. President George W. Bush (L) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shake hands at the conclusion of their joint statement to reporters at the Presidential Palace in Afghanistan December 15, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

It also added that U.S. President Bush in a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai exercised moral sense of acknowledging as "No question that violence is up."

The English newspaper under the title "Bush's farewell visit with support for troops surge" quoted the outgoing president as saying, "I would expect you'll see more U.S. troops here as quickly as possible in parts of the country that are being challenged by the Taliban."

Another newspaper 8Subh or 8 A.M. almost with similar title wrote in its editorial that President Bush visited Afghanistan while little change has seen in the field of security and economy in Afghanistan in comparison with seven years ago when the U.S.-led forces ousted Taliban regime from power.

It moreover added, "though Taliban are not in power, vast parts of the country is in their writ and they still could set schools on fire and pour acid on the faces of schoolgirls.

The daily 8Subh in its editorial also added that Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has no electricity and the poverty and unemployment are high in the country where President Bush promised seven years ago to root out terrorists and bring peace and prosperity.

Another local newspaper Payman Daily in its editorial wrote that Bush at the last days of his power as the President of the U.S. toured Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure the two states that Washington would continue to support them.

The visit, the newspaper added, took place amid increasing militancy and U.S. announcement to boost the strength of its troops from 30,000 to 50,000 in Afghanistan to fight terrorists and militants.

It also added that Bush was welcomed by throwing shoes by Iraqi journalists in Iraq and the man who did so, described his action as "response to the massacre of Iraqis" while Afghan journalists did not do the same thing.

"Anyhow, it was the last visit of Bush to Iraq and the region and the bitter memories of hurling shoes to him would remain with him as reminder of the crimes he committed in the world during his eight-year tenure as president," Payman Daily concluded.

Soaring conflicts and Taliban-related insurgency mostly in the shape of deadly suicide attacks and roadside bombings have claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people, with over 277 international troops, despite the deployment of over 70,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the U.S.-led Coalition troops in Afghanistan.


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