August 02, 2009 (Hamsayeh.Net) - The latest United Nation's report on Afghanistan paints a dark picture of the ongoing events in a region riddled with disasters.
The report reveals that Taliban insurgencies have increased, killing thousands of civilians for control of territories in southern parts of the country.
Based on the UN report July was the worst month on record in terms of human casualties in Afghanistan. There were at least 64 British and US troops killed during the month of July, a twofold increase from the same period last year.
The war in and around the Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan continues while the occupying US forces plan on committing more troops to the region making it the largest presence of foreign troops in that country since the Soviet occupation during the 80's.
The US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressed optimism over the situation saying he has conceded that the US must show some sign of improvement in the nation within a year, or it risks long international support.
However, given the battle hardiness of the Talibans and their familiarities with the local terrain, it is wishful thinking to assume the war will be won anytime in the near future if at all.