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Topic - Paul R. Pillar
Western intelligence agencies and analysts for years have been warning that al Qaeda and other terrorist groups are increasingly relying on a deadly weapon in their tool kits: female suicide bombers.
"The series of incidents that has angered Afghans has strengthened public support for the Taliban. Much of that support is now based on widespread opposition among ordinary Afghans to the Western military presence in their country," he said.
"The shooting incident in Kandahar province enhances the ability of Taliban leaders to play off popular anger against NATO and the United States," said Paul Pillar, a CIA veteran and former national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia.