At least 50 people were reported killed when militants in Afghanistan launched the most intense attack on government forces since the fall of the Taleban in 2001.
The raid on a town in the volatile Helmand province was accompanied by an upsurge in violence across the country which claimed at least another 20 lives.
Fighting raged for more than nine hours in Musa Qala, a former rebel stronghold in Helmand. A senior security official said that the bloodshed began yesterday afternoon when Taleban commanders contacted local police claiming that they had seized the town.
NATO has a very capable force, but this is the war we should be fighting, this is the nation we should be rebuilding. Instead, we ignore it, underfund it, and neglect it, assuring that, even if the effort there is a success, it will take much longer to get it done.
Bad decisions by this administration may haunt our nation for decades.