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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - "Winning hearts and minds" in Western-occupied nations like Iraq and Afghanistan is an impossible goal, a British army commander said in frank remarks on Tuesday that challenged an often-heard mantra.
"There will of course be circumstances where we can earn the trust of local people, where we can prevail amongst the national leadership, establish a constructive dialogue with religious authorities, but I doubt we will (be) or maybe ever have been in a position to win their hearts and minds," Lieutenant General Graeme Lamb said.