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    AFGHANISTAN

    Is Kabul an Easy Target?

    Can Kabul be defended from insurgents? Monday's coordinated Taliban suicide attacks were large and brutal, making last year's Taliban assaults "look like a smaller dress rehearsal," reported The Guardian. On average, there is a security issue every seven to 10 days, estimated a Western security official, as the Taliban has been relentless in trying to regain control of Afghanistan. Security forces, however, are showing improvement. Amarullah Saleh, the head of Afghanistan's domestic intelligence agency, said 60 percent of Monday’s attackers were killed before they could take part in the planned suicide bombings. "We did not allow them to spread catastrophe. By sacrificing their lives, [the security forces] saved tens of Afghan civilians," Saleh said.