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Topic - Mohammed Afzal
As the spotlight of the Afghan war focuses on the south, insurgent activity is increasing in parts of the east, with Arab and other foreign fighters linked to al Qaeda infiltrating across the rugged mountains with the help of Pakistani militants, Afghan and U.S. officials say.
"The enemy changed their tactics this year, and al Qaeda has started to become even stronger this year," he said.
Gen. Mohammed Afzal, the Afghan army's commander in the east, said the insurgents were focusing their eastern operations in the provinces of Kunar and Nuristan - which also borders Pakistan - and the area south of Jalalabad, the region's main commercial center.