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Analysis: Why Obama ordered troop surge in Afghanistan

February 19, 2009
United States President Barack Obama's decision to deploy more troops in Afghanistan indicates the deterioration of the war on terror as well as the escalating crisis in Pakistan, according to many military analysts and intelligence officials.

They also fear that America's long-time ally might be on the verge of imploding due to its internal crises.

Last week, the Obama administration's new Director of National Intelligence, Retired Admiral Dennis Blair, informed Congress that Pakistan and Afghanistan 'have to work hard to repulse' the sustained threat from extremist and terrorist groups and avoid a total collapse of the government.

Blair told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, "No improvement in Afghanistan is possible without Pakistan taking control of its border areas and improving governance, creating economic and educational opportunities throughout the country."

Text: Aziz Haniffa in Washington, DC | Photograph: Oleg Popov/Reuters

Image: A United States trooper with the Alpha Company provides security during a visit by his unit at Khas Kunar refugee camp at Kunar Province in eastern Afghanistan.

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