Distrust is aiding Taliban
For the first time, the number of coalition soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan exceeds the current rate of military losses in Iraq. According to The Associated Press, 36 allied troops have been killed this month in Afghanistan, while 23 have died in Iraq. That is a clear indication that the focus of the war on terrorism is shifting from Iraq to Afghanistan and, specifically, to the turbulent border with Pakistan.
Yet another top American official, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned that if there is a second terrorist strike on the United States it will originate in the border tribal lands. He told reporters: "If we get struck, I think the origins and planning will come from there. Clearly, the planning is taking place."