Afghanistan

Troops Outnumber Taliban 12 to 1

There are currently more than 300,000 troops in Afghanistan—approximately 104,000 international troops, including 68,000 Americans, and 200,000 Afghan forces. Stack that up next to a mere 25,000 Taliban rebels—and discounting that Afghan troops have less training than allied forces—and you get a 12-1 advantage. "In the end this (conflict) cannot be solved by military means alone, and in that sense a precise figure of Taliban fighters is not the point," said a NATO spokesman. October has been the war’s most fatal month so far, and the Obama administration is reportedly close to concluding its assessment of the need for more troops.