2008 News of the World - Afghanistan

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
2008 Year in Review

2008 news of the world from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

The Taliban

The Taliban

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Conditions Deteriorate in Afghanistan

As the U.S. military prepared to withdraw troops from Iraq, it planned to increase the number in Afghanistan. Allied deaths in Afghanistan reached 267 in 2008, the highest number since the war began in 2003. U.S. president-elect Barack Obama said defeating the Taliban would be a top priority of his administration. The Pentagon, seeming to share Obama's sense of urgency, said it would comply with a request by Gen. David McKiernan, the top commander in Afghanistan, and send an additional 20,000 troops to Afghanistan in 2009.

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