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In Afghanistan, Taliban Returns to Fill a Vacuum

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In Afghanistan, Taliban Returns to Fill a Vacuum

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In Afghanistan, Taliban Returns to Fill a Vacuum

In Afghanistan, Taliban Returns to Fill a Vacuum

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Afghanistan has seen a recent Taliban resurgence in certain areas. Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, commander of Combined Forces Command in Afghanistan, says the challenge right now is to continue strengthening the Afghan government so it's able to deal with the Taliban.

"The challenge has been one of not dealing with a strong enemy," Eikenberry says. "It's that there is a weak state."

At a news conference in Kabul, British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged continued support for the Afghan government. But emphasizing the deep roots of Afghanistan's problems, Blair said, "This is a generation-long struggle."

Michele Norris talks with Eikenberry about the campaign for Afghanistan.

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