In Afghanistan, Laura Bush Urges Support

Int'l community dare not pull out during 'crucial' Taliban uprising
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2008 1:31 PM CDT
U.S. First lady Laura Bush, right, and Governor of the Bamiyan province Habiba Sarabi, left, visit the Police Training Academy in Bamiyan, Afghanistan Sunday, June 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – During an unannounced visit to Kabul today, Laura Bush urged the international community not to pull support from Afghanistan, highlighting successes in reconstruction and improved women’s rights, Reuters reports. The first lady's visit came even as Afghan, US, and NATO forces fight to contain a Taliban guerilla war in which the group and its al-Qaeda allies have vowed to increase suicide bombings to deter international aid to the country.

"We don't need to be intimidated by them," Bush said. "The international community can't drop Afghanistan now at this very crucial time."