U.S-led NATO forces launched early on Saturday an offensive against a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, said to be one of the biggest since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 While the operation to clear and “hold forever” the town of Marjah may not be the turning point in the eight-year Afghan war, it’s the first big test of President Barack Obama’s troop surge strategy.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told CNN this week that his biggest worry was not Afghanistan, not Iraq and not even Iran which is hurtling into a fresh confrontation with the West over its nuclear programme. The big concern was Pakistan with its nuclear weapons and a radicalised section of society.
“It’s a big country. it has nuclear weapons that are able to be deployed. It has a real significant minority of radicalised population. It is not a completely functional democracy in the sense we think about it. And so….. that’s my greatest concern.”