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BRITAIN'S commander in Afghanistan says the war against the Taliban cannot be won, the Sunday Times has reported.
It quoted Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith as saying in an interview that if the Taliban were willing to talk, then that might be "precisely the sort of progress" needed to end the insurgency.
"We're not going to win this war. It's about reducing it to a manageable level of insurgency that's not a strategic threat and can be managed by the Afghan army," he said.
But another top US commander, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, said in September that he was not convinced the United States was winning in Afghanistan.
The United States plans to add 8000 troops to the 33,000 troops in Afghanistan by early next year.
Originally posted by Sublime620
Wow, a simple look back into history tells anyone that. I would find such irony if it turned out that Russia has been funding the Taliban to defeat the US army in a war of attrition.
Originally posted by jerico65
IMHO, The problem w/ the Brits is they try and flood area's w/ personnel thinking that will suppress the problem w/ just their presence. I bet this commander is taking his experiences of Northern Ireland and thinking there is no way they can suppress the Taliban.
Originally posted by tezzajw
Seriously, what does it take to end this friggin useless war, especially when you have top people in the US and UK forces stating that it can't be won?
Originally posted by t0ken
...Coming back to the topic
This is just typical British reaction when the pressure builds on them.We have seen how the British retreated when the Mahdi militias mortared the crap outa British forces in Basra and they finally came down to negotiations and chickened out.
The question that seems to come to my mind is that do the British retreat because they don't wana loose thousands of soldiers for the interests of US/Israel or are they really incapable of fighting tough enemies?
Originally posted by torresm1
Actually we've done incredible progress in building Afghan to standards and life style they have never seen before. ...
Originally posted by jmlima
You do know that outside main cities there's still no semblance of law and order in the country?