Test for new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, Pakistan

16:16, May 31, 2010      

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In the United States, the Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May, and on the 31st May this year. With the arrival of the Memorial Day, more and more people are worried that the United States needs to build another monument to fallen heroes in the U.S. War in Afghanistan.

According to statistics, the number of U.S. servicemen killed on the Afghan battleground has so far exceeded more than 1,000. At the same time, the Taliban forces' assaults in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be frequent. When this June sets in, the U.S. battles to crush Taliban insurgents in Kandahar will start, and this poses a grim, stark test period for the new strategy of the Obama administration in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

According to Afghan government officials, a roadside bomb blasted in Badakhstan province in northeast Afghanistan on mid-day Sunday, and it claimed the lives of six police in a single day. And Badakhstan province, however, has long been considered a safe area.

Pakistan media have quoted police as saying Saturday that the men who attacked the mosques in Lahore were part of the Pakistan Taliban and trained in the North Waziristan tribal region. The death toll from the terrorist attacks on the two places of worship of the Ahmedi community on Friday claimed 79 lives and 107 others got injured in the bloody carnage.

Since the United States launched a new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Taliban forces have not subdued their insurgency, but instead they intensified a large-scale trend for counterattacks, resulting in more casualties for local people and American troops.

American military death toll in Afghanistan has passed the 1,000 mark at a time when President Barack Obama's strategy to turn back the Taliban forces is facing its greatest test. A majority of American – 52 percent – say the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan "is not worth the cost." As part of the new U.S. strategy, the Obama government announced a dispatch of additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in December 2009, and the total number of US troops would exceed 100,000 in October this year.

In the meanwhile, the United States has input more money in Afghanistan than in Iraq on a monthly basis. The United States would input 6.7 billion US dollars per month in Afghanistan, and the figure is almost 20 percent higher as compared to its monthly spending of 5.5 billion dollars in Iraq.

The U.S. has thrown in immense manpower, material and financial resources in Afghanistan. The Kandahar campaign, which has been planned for a period of time, will possibly commence in June, and more casualties would be expected. So these battles will undoubtedly lose a popular support inside the United States for increasing casualties it would endure, noted media analyses.

The new U.S. strategy advocates a military strike and for further increasing input for civil development while taking the protection of civilians as a higher priority goal in an endeavor to attain more popular support. Nevertheless, in a survey of Afghan cities, acknowledged a report released by Pentagon in April, 21 Afghan cities were classified as those in support to the government attitude, whereas 48 other cities were cited as inclining to back up for the Taliban forces.
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