I am in Kabul, Afghanistan, not far from the Presidential Palace, so I am in the perfect spot to disagree with the June 26th article" Taliban attack shows militant spirit unbroken". The idea that things are worse is not accurate. Taliban is dealing with the US and is looking for the opportunity to regain power as we prepare to draw down. However under Taliban is a coalition of aligned terrorist groups and drug criminals. When Taliban took credit for the recent attacks it was as a face saving measure.