For more than two weeks, the U.S. has been focused on the terror threat from Yemen following the Christmas Day bombing attempt on a U.S. jetliner. But today, the war in Afghanistan is back at the center of the news.
Six NATO troops, including 3 Americans, were killed today, making it the deadliest day for the expanding international force in two months. A U.S. military spokesman said, the Americans died during a patrol in southern Afghanistan.
As the U.S. troop surge continues in Afghanistan, the top American commander says he believes the larger force is turning the tide against the Taliban. However, Afghanistan is also becoming increasingly deadly. Today’s losses brought the number of U.S. troops killed there so far this year to at least 10, an average of almost one service member each day.
For more about the situation in Afghanistan, Anthony Cordesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Daljit Dhaliwal. Cordesman discusses the reasons why we are seeing more casualties and what to expect going forward. He also talks about how the troop surge has made an impact.