Without Infrastructure Torkham Gate on Pak Afghan Border Ineffective due to row between Pakistan- Afghanistan over vehicular movement from both sides of Torkham.
Afghan Security Transition: the Last Mile?
Growing international support to the Karzai regime indicated by extension of NATO mission in Afghanistan by one year. Some domestic support is also evident with peace rallies and acceptance of government"™s polio programme.
President Musharraf moving towards a second five year mandate. Pakistan polity likely to be in flux over the issue in the run up to 2007 elections. Increase in suicide attacks in Pakistan. These are directed against Pakistani troops or areas frequented by Western residents and visitors.
NATO forces were expecting an increase in attacks during the month of Ramzan and attempted to seize the initiative after the bloody battles of August saw the Taliban dominating the South and the East with large groups foraying vulnerable convoys and key Afghan and NATO security personnel.
Al Qaeda in Pakistan is increasingly funded by cash coming out of Iraq, where the terrorist network's operatives are raising substantial sums from donations to the anti-American insurgency as well as kidnapping wealthy Iraqis and other criminal activity. The influx of money has bolstered Al Qaeda's leadership at a time when the core command is regrouping and reasserting influence over its far-flung network said a report in the Los Angeles Times. Al Qaeda's efforts were aided, intelligence officials said, by Pakistan's withdrawal in September from the tribal areas along the Afghanistan border where Bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman Zawahiri, are believed to be hiding. The pull back facilitated free movement for the terrorists and also provided them a safe haven for their terrorist as well as criminal activities.

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