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10th anniversary of US in Afghanistan

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AFGHANISTAN (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thursday marks the 10th year of the United States involvement in Afghanistan. More than 1,300 US soldiers have already been killed, and 2010 is already the deadliest year of the war with nearly 400 American service men and women killed in action.

Operation Dragon Strike is the most important battle so far. AT least 8,000 US soldiers are involved in this massive new offensive. The aim is to strike right at the heart of Taliban terrorist -- Kandahar.

America's most important ally is Pakistan. But that alliance has been fraying since the US stepped up air attacks against insurgents in the border region.

"It's a cliche to say there's no military solution," said Michael O'Hanlon of Brookings Institute. "But it's also accepted among strategists that we need some military momentum to make negotiations really possible."

The Wall Street Journal reports members of Pakistan's spy agency are pressing Taliban field commanders to fight. And a new report from the White House slams Islamabad for not cracking down on militants that hit US targets in Afghanistan, and flee back to safety across the border.

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