03/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Taliban Spring Offensive Undermines NATO Stability

It has become a rite of spring during the last three decades in Afghanistan. After months of cold weather, the spring thaw makes it possible for militants to leave their winter shelters and travel off road along remote mountain paths to carry out guerrilla attacks.

In recent years, NATO and U.S. military officials have referred to the increase of militant violence that comes with the warmer weather as a "Taliban spring offensive."

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