While the Americans have been claiming that their strikes against the Taliban have brought down the incidence of militancy by about 40 percent, the Taliban have been presenting increasing evidence that even the capital Kabul, considered to be the most secure place in Afghanistan, is not immune from their attacks. In fact, the frequency with which militants are able to hit ISAF strongholds with impunity and the casualties that they result in, is a cause of serious concern for the Pentagon. Only on Saturday morning, a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a bus carrying American soldiers, killing 13 of them on the spot, as acknowledged by the Pentagon sources. This was the deadliest ground attack since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the explosion was so huge that the glass windows of houses half a kilometre away from the site of the incident were shattered. The Taliban claim that the death toll was 25. No figure of the injured, however, has been released by official sources, though the Taliban maintain that they are quite a few. It is evident that the resistance in Afghanistan is not on the back foot. It has shown a remarkable resilience. According to the Associated Press count, 1,692 US soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan till October 18. This figure is slightly lower than the Defence Departments. The number of the US servicemen wounded stood at 14,534. During the recent past, the Taliban have succeeded in making deadly attacks in Wardak as well as Kabul. In Wardak, they brought down a helicopter killing 30 US troops in August. This year, their focus appears to have been Kabul where they have staged no less than eight attacks, including the targeting of US embassy and NATO headquarters and the assassination of former President Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was at the time of his death heading a crucial mission of bringing the Taliban to the negotiation table in order to pave the way for the withdrawal of American and other foreign troops. While the unrelenting increase of body bags raise cries of withdrawal in the US and turn an increasing number of American citizens against fighting a war at such high costs, for the Taliban losing life is a routine affair. Defending themselves against rival tribes and taking up arms against foreign occupation of their land are values rooted in the Pashtun culture and upbringing. That alone has been the crucial factor in keeping the insurgency alive. What Washington should be doing in this peculiar situation is to put aside the military option and, as repeatedly advised by Pakistans leadership, give peace a chance. A roadmap of withdrawal would lend an air of genuineness to the offer of talks that should be designed to produce a just outcome for all ethnic groups in the country. One could then expect that at last the struggle against the foreign presence would finally come to end.