Something is ominously wrong with Afghanistan. The Taliban insurgency has survived the best efforts by Nato to defeat it through conventional means. Trying to create a gamechanger, the Americans are going after their leaders but then things seen to be increasingly going south. This is the brand of combatants who survived Soviet bombardment during the Cold War after a long period of a war of attrition and finally emerged victorious. Talks in Kabul are in a limbo. The Taliban are striking at will at and their place and method of their own choosing. The clock is indeed ticking for Afghanistan.