Afghanistan: ‘Costliest Ambush for US Forces in 2007″
The BBC reports: Six US soldiers and three Afghan troops have been killed in fighting in eastern Afghanistan, Nato officials have said. Eight US troops and 11 Afghans were also wounded, Isaf officials said.
“The ambush is one of the costliest for US forces this year, already the deadliest for the US since it helped overthrow the Taleban in 2001.
“Attacks have increased in remote Nuristan province, on the border with north-west Pakistan, which has also seen increasing violence from pro-Taleban militants.”
In another report BBC notes: “Tensions over Nato’s mission in Afghanistan are clearly far from over, though the message from Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was one of reassurance.” More here…
An expert on the U.S. military said in a report this month that the average number of attacks in Afghanistan each month has risen 30 percent this year, from 425 in 2006 to 548 this year. He labeled the Afghan conflict a “war of attrition that can last 15 or more years” that militants can win simply by outlasting U.S. and NATO efforts.