TOLOnews, 09 Feb, 2011
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Establishment of the US permanent bases is crucial and vital for Afghanistan, some Afghan experts said on Wednesday.
Experts argued that Afghan government should approve the United States' suggestion to build permanent bases in the country, because of preservation of national interests.
If the government fails to accept Washington's suggestion, neighbouring countries in particular Pakistan and Iran would apply more pressure on Afghanistan in order to attain their political and military goals, experts warned.
There are approximately 35,000 Taliban militants all over Afghanistan, Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.
While emphasising on doing a proper survey, Ministry of Defence spokesperson, Gen. Azimi, said there are roughly 25 to 35 Taliban recruits all over the country.
"We estimate the number of Taliban insurgents at 25 to 35,000, but this is not established and is just a guess," said Gen. Azimi.