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ISAF Analysis Shows Afghan Violence Remains Worse Than Before Surge -- Long War Journal
During a speech at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, DC last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that by "nearly every indication," the insurgency in Afghanistan "has been significantly weakened."
To support his case, Panetta cited an assessment by NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) conducted earlier this month, "following the end of the fighting season, and the conclusion of the surge."
"Violence levels, which had increased for five years, decreased in 2011, and 2012," Panetta said.
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My Comment: The numbers never lie .... it is the people who manipulate the numbers who are the liars. My prediction .... Taliban attacks and influence are only going to increase with time.