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West will never beat Taliban, Rudd warned
By Matt Wade Herald Correspondent in Islamabad and agencies
30/01/08 "SMH" -- - A FORMER head of Pakistan's military intelligence says Australia's troop deployment in Afghanistan is doomed to failure and has urged the Government to withdraw its forces as quickly as possible.
Hamid Gul, the retired general who was the director-general of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate when it supported Afghan militias against the Soviet occupation of their country, believes Western troops will be forced to leave Afghanistan by the end of next year.
"There comes a time in every war when the scales start tilting," Mr Gul said. "I think the foreign presence in Afghanistan is at a tipping point now. Even if they are able to stretch it out, next year will be the last campaign year of the occupying forces. Then they will go - they will have to go."
Mr Gul said it was not "wise" for Australia to maintain its troop commitment. "Of course it's very difficult to say no to America, but [Australia should] find a way out like Japan … and many others."
Let's not forget that the Taliban is largely a creation of the ISI...
Originally posted by Shar_Chi
I can't quite remember why coalition forces were in Afghanistan anyway. Was it something to do with a bogeyman called bin laden? Seems so hazy now... must be all that opium kickin in.