British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Oct. 14 that the UK is sending 500 additional troops to Afghanistan. The announcement comes as President Barack Obama weighs proposals for up to 60,000 more troops. (AP, Oct. 15) The Taliban are rapidly seizing control in large areas of Afghanistan’s countryside—most recently taking several villages in Kunduz province, riding around in pilfered police vehicles fixed with sound systems blaring Islamic songs. “We have control only over the governor’s office,” said the district governor of Chahr Dara, Abdul Wahid. “Outside those walls we have no jurisdiction at all. People do not come to the governor’s office to solve their problems—they go to the Taliban.” (IWPR, Oct. 12)
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