Testing time in Afghanistan

After several days of embarrassing silence, Poland has finally responded to NATO's request for reinforcements in Afghanistan, where the alliance is battling Taliban militants. The government of Jaroslaw Kaczynski has offered 1,000 troops to bolster overstretched Brits, Canadians, and Dutch in the south of the country. Meanwhile, Taliban forces beseiged a district in the west of the country, a ...

By , a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.

After several days of embarrassing silence, Poland has finally responded to NATO's request for reinforcements in Afghanistan, where the alliance is battling Taliban militants. The government of Jaroslaw Kaczynski has offered 1,000 troops to bolster overstretched Brits, Canadians, and Dutch in the south of the country. Meanwhile, Taliban forces beseiged a district in the west of the country, a clear attempt to show strength outside their southern and eastern strongholds. The Taliban, it appears, are more adept at operating out of area than NATO is.

After several days of embarrassing silence, Poland has finally responded to NATO's request for reinforcements in Afghanistan, where the alliance is battling Taliban militants. The government of Jaroslaw Kaczynski has offered 1,000 troops to bolster overstretched Brits, Canadians, and Dutch in the south of the country. Meanwhile, Taliban forces beseiged a district in the west of the country, a clear attempt to show strength outside their southern and eastern strongholds. The Taliban, it appears, are more adept at operating out of area than NATO is.

David Bosco is a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. He is the author of The Poseidon Project: The Struggle to Govern the World’s Oceans. Twitter: @multilateralist

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