THE Taliban ambush that killed 10 French soldiers is the latest in a series of deadly attacks near Kabul that show the rebels are gaining on the Afghan capital, say analysts.
We currently have 47,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The US has pledged another 15,000 (when, and from where these troops are coming is not yet announced.
That gives us a total of 62,000 troops on the ground.
The outgoing US NATO commander stated bluntly this year that the US and NATO need 400,000 troops to really do the job, according to US military protocols.
When the new contingent of US troops arrives for their tour of duty, the US and NATO will still be 338,000 troops short of the strength needed to do this job.
What's wrong with this picture? Everything.
How we can possibly manage a positive outcome without the troop strength is a mystery.
But the continued air attacks guarantee two things will happen in Afghanistan.
First, we're going to kill scores more civilians.
Secondly, we will radicalize those Afghanis left standing even further against Karzai's government.