"Violence in southern Afghanistan, heartland of the Taliban, is expected. But some of the new U.S. troops surging into the country this year are being sent north, to areas previously thought to be free of Taliban influence.Read the rest of the article in "Taliban Return to Northern Afghanistan", NPR, August 9, 2010.
The province of Kunduz, in northeast Afghanistan bordering Tajikistan, isn't supposed to be Taliban territory. But at a police checkpoint in the Ali Abad district in southern Kunduz, only a winding river separates insurgents from government forces. Zukrullah, a junior officer in the Afghan national police, says he's sure the Taliban are watching his men."