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Kandahar Braces for Taliban Offensive

June 18, 2008

In anticipation of a Taliban offensive, the Afghan army flew four planeloads of soldiers to Kandahar from the capital Kabul.

The deployment comes a day after Taliban forces were seen mobilizing in the Arghandab district just north west of Kandahar, and three days after the Taliban freed 900 men from a Kandahar prison. Taliban forces destroyed bridges and planted landmines in preparation for battle

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The Taliban regime was ousted from power in a 2001 US-led invasion, but Anand Gopal of Inter Press Service says "there has been a general shift in the balance of power in the last few months."

The idea that the Taliban are gaining more power is present in the most recent US Intelligence estimate. The estimate states that "the Taliban controls about 10 percent of the country and the Karzai government controls about 30 percent of the country, and that number has changed significantly in the last few years."

The Real News Network's Senior Editor Paul Jay discusses the geopolitics of the region with Senior News Analyst Aijaz Ahmad. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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