The organization is launching an average of 600 attacks against NATO and Afghani troops every month, the paper estimated.
Over 50,000 Taliban and Al-Qa'ida fighters are spread around the southern regions of Afghanistan, intelligence officers told The Nation. Thousands of Taliban fighters, who went underground following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, have now resurfaced, the sources said.
"They now have 2010 in their minds as the deadline to reoccupy the Afghan lands that they lost after the United States attacked Afghanistan in pursuit of Al-Qa'ida," the sources explained.
The Taliban are successful in recruiting more people to their ranks, who see President Hamid Karazai's regime as corrupt and too slow in bringing security to the remote areas of the country, the sources added.
Unofficial figures indicate that more than 3,800 people have been killed this year in terror attacks and clashes between Taliban on the one hand, and NATO and Afghan forces on the other.
Courtesy of: The media line.