In his three-day visit to southern and eastern Afghanistan, the top U.S. military commander said that the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan was still the world’s most dangerous area - calling it the ‘epicenter of terrorism.’
During his visit, Admiral Mullen also met with commanders and troops across the south and southwest, a focus of the troop “surge” ordered by President Obama. Despite a wave of spectacular suicide attacks there, he offered assurances that allied and local security forces would continue to push insurgents into retreat.
Admiral Mullen made the case that the Taliban had suffered such losses over recent months that it could not mount significant military offensives to retake safe havens or expand political control, and in desperation had resorted instead to individual, terrorist-style attacks. Violence has escalated in Afghanistan in the recent months where the Taliban have continued to carry out a relentless string of attacks against NATO and Afghan security forces and civilians.
Assessing the overall mission, Admiral Mullen said the president’s order to begin withdrawing the 33,000 additional American surge troops could be carried out without putting the mission at risk.
Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram, while speaking on a debate in Rajya Sabha [Indian Parliament] on internal security last month said home-grown terror was a new challenge India was facing because the problem was ignored and allowed to grow when the nation was fighting cross-border terrorism.
Mr. Chidambaram said all over the world right-wing fascist forces were on the rise and India is no exception to it. “While there is finger-pointing for every terror incident towards the ‘neighboring country’, there is also an existence of home grown terror modules as also right-wing fascist forces here”, the Minister asserted.
Slamming the slow progress in the 26/11 probe, Mr. Chidambaram said that the country was slowly but successfully building capacity to fight terrorism whose origin