Afghan War Escalates: NYT

Afghan War Escalates With Worst Taliban Raid in 6 Years
By CARLOTTA GALL and SANGAR RAHIMI, New York Times, August 20, 2008

BAMIYAN, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents mounted their most serious attacks in six years of fighting in Afghanistan over the last two days, including a coordinated assault by at least 10 suicide bombers against one of the largest American military bases in the country, and another by about 100 insurgents who killed 10 elite French paratroopers.

The attack on the French, in a district near Kabul, added to the sense of siege around the capital and was the deadliest single loss for foreign troops in a ground battle since the United States-led invasion chased the Taliban from power in 2001.

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Gen Kayani visits Kabul
Daily Times, August 20, 2008

KABUL: Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani travelled to Kabul on Tuesday to attend the 23rd meeting of the Tripartite Commission between Afghanistan, Pakistan and NATO to review security along the Pak-Afghan border, a military statement said. Kayani met with US General David D McKiernan, commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and General Bismillah Khan, the Afghan army’s chief of general staff. “The meeting reviewed the security situation in areas along the Pak-Afghan border,” the statement said. “They showed satisfaction at the existing level of co-operation and reiterated their resolve and commitment to contribute towards peace and security,” it added. A security official said Kayani’s visit to Kabul was “already planned” before General (r) Pervez Musharraf stepped down. staff report/agencies

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