Kabul expects new Taliban onslaught before winter: minister

"I believe we have experienced the worst of this year's fighting" but "we should expect one more enemy effort before winter," Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak said during a visit to the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington.

Saying a more sophisticated enemy requires "a global strategic response," Wardak repeated his call for a joint Afghani-Pakistani and NATO-led coalition force that would target insurgent safe havens on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Winter will be coming to Afghanistan toward the end of October.

As reported in "US News & World Report" on-line on 19 August, 2008:

(http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/iraq/2008/08/19/pentagon-plans-to-...

The new US deployment won't arrive in Afghanistan until (best case scenario) the very end of this year (read: December),or sometime at the beginning of 2009, if the troop draw-downs go as planned from Iraq.

In other words, if there is a new, major offensive within the next month, the desperately needed additional US troops won't be in Afghanistan in time to deal with it.

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