Taliban Attacks On U.S. Forces Have Tripled
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KABUL, Afganistan — Taliban attacks against American forces in eastern Afghanistan have tripled since a truce was signed between the Pakistan government and pro-Taliban tribesmen in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
The deal was supposed to end all cross-border militant activity in exchange for Pakistan ending an offensive in the region.
But a senior American military official told the Daily Telegraph: “There has been a threefold increase in the number of attacks on U.S. forces.”
Pakistan agreed to the cease-fire and a subsequent truce signed on September 5, on condition that pro-Taliban militants in North and South Waziristan cease attacks on Pakistani forces and discontinue cross-border attacks against the American-led coalition in Afghanistan. In exchange, Pakistan significantly reduced it 80,000 troop presence in Waziristan and freed 165 militants from prison.