US report says Taliban has 'regrouped'

Dept. of Defense predicts Taliban likely to maintain or increase scope and pace of its terrorist attacks.

taliban hideout 224 88 (photo credit: )
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A new US Defense Department report says the Taliban has regrouped after its initial fall from power in Afghanistan. The new report offers a rather dim view of progress in the nearly seven-year-old war, declaring that the Taliban has "coalesced into a resilient insurgency." Noting that insurgent violence continues to climb, the report said Friday that despite efforts to capture and kill key leaders, the Taliban is likely to "maintain or even increase the scope and pace of its terrorist attacks and bombings in 2008." At the same time, the Afghan Army and national police are progressing slowly, and still lack the trainers they need. The report was released along with a separate plan for the development of Afghan security forces. They are the first two comprehensive reports produced by the Pentagon evaluating progress in Afghanistan.