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October 15, 2008
Afghanistan attacks reach six-year high

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AUDIO: Mark Sappenfield speaks with Martin Savidge from the Bagrahm Airbase in Afghanistan.

The United Nation’s special envoy to Afghanistan is warning that attacks by the Taliban in that country are at a six-year high.

In the last 24 hours, 70 Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan.

Mark Sappenfield of the Christian Science Monitor speaks with Martin Savidge about U.S. efforts to combat the Taliban and the possibility of implementing the “Awakening Councils” in Afghanistan. He also examines the damage spilling over from the war in Iraq.

Read our previous entry on the role of the Awakening Councils in Iraq and a timeline of power shifts in the country.

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