The primary focus of the US war strategy in Afghanistan could shift towards the eastern provinces bordering Pakistan and away from the south of the country, where British forces are heavily engaged, under a plan being finalised by commanders.
Senior military officials are said to believe the Afghan Taliban's ability to find sanctuary and support across the porous border with Pakistan ? plus the suspected presence in the lawless tribal Waziristan area of al-Qaida leaders including Osama bin Laden ? has made a bigger effort in the east essential if the insurgency is to be defeated.
A short memo to the author of this article:
1. Bin Laden is dead: he assumed room temperature a number of years ago.
2. The only people actually "winning" the Af-Pak war are the drug lords and the defense contractors.