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Embassy Row: Taliban Threat
James Morrison
Washington Times
05/15/2006

By James Morrison
Published May 15, 2006

Taliban threat

The ambassador from Afghanistan is worried by the increase in attacks from remnants of the brutal Taliban regime and is appealing to the United States and NATO for more help for his beleaguered government.

Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad told the Associated Press that the Taliban, which sheltered Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network before U.S. forces helped overthrow the regime in 2001, has acquired sophisticated weapons and continues to maintain training camps in Pakistan.

Afghan forces "are brave, but they are very vulnerable," he told veteran diplomatic reporter Barry Schweid.

Mr. Jawad also fears the United States will soon withdraw 3,000 troops from the country.

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