In the Arena

Today in Afghanistan

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Things are getting a bit hairy. After yesterday’s grisly attack on a U.S. convoy in Kabul, the Taliban attacked Bagram Airbase this morning. There was a certain futility to this attack, which may reflect the insurgents’ frustration with the efficacy of recent U.S. successes in wiping out the Taliban’s mid-level leadership…or it may just reflect the reality that the Taliban just ain’t going away. It is safe to say, though, that six months after President Obama’s West Point speech–and halfway toward the President’s next Af/Pak strategy review in December–not much has changed.