In a symbolic show of unity, the US Secretary of State and the British Foreign Secretary have arrived in Afghanistan.
Condoleezza Rice and David Miliband came to reinforce the message from a NATO defence ministers’ meeting in Lithuania that all NATO members need to share the burden of combat.
Miliband promised troops that conditions should improve: “As we renew our commitment, which both of our countries are absolutely determined to do, we can give you the support, the better support you want to see and that you need to help you do the jobs you have been sent here to do.”
Rice and Miliband flew to a military base in the southern city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban and the main city in Afghanistan’s most volatile region.
Although the Taliban have suffered heavy losses whenever they have fought NATO, their wave of suicide bombings has undermined any sense of security in the country.