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Afghanistan Intel Assessment of October 2008

Intelligence assessment by AFCEA Intelligence "NightWatch". Note that the report uses minimum casualty figures given by the Taliban and Afghan government forces, assuming that each side lies equally about their own casualties. This is typically not a given for those from the region who know that the Taliban are are less inclined to exaggeration than the Afghan government forces. Also, it is highly unlikely that the Taliban have accepted over a thousand casualties for October, 2008. There is very little probability that an independent party can authenticate these numbers as anyone can claim to call in behalf of the Taliban to state casualties. Further, civilian casualties are typically hidden as Taliban casualties and is a key reason for fudging figures.

Nevertheless, a good read and brings the US Intel's perspective into view.

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Posted from AFCEA Intel Website.

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