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Britain wants to find a way to allow the "vast majority" of Taliban fighters who are not Islamic extremists to reintegrate into Afghan society, David Miliband said today.
The foreign secretary said that "dividing the insurgency" was a key part of Britain's strategy in Afghanistan and he stressed that he did not see the conflict there as a war "without end".
Addressing the Nato parliamentary assembly in Edinburgh, Miliband said that the military surge in Afghanistan had to be matched by a "political surge" that would allow the country to become free of al-Qaida and have good rela
The British prime minister has a difficult circle to square. It is this: if the war in Afghanistan is so essential to British domestic security, why the rush to leave? On the one hand, in his speech on Monday evening, he stressed that al-Qaeda must be defeated. "We must deny terrorists the room to operate which the Taliban regime allowed the 9/11 attackers. So that is why I say the Afghan campaign is being prosecuted not from choice, but out of necessity," he stated. On the other hand he wanted to suggest that this was not an open-ended commitment. The steady stream of coffins is having an effect. Framework for withdrawal The answer he proposed was to set a framework for British withdrawal. This will depend largely on handing over local security to Afghan forces. The handover, he suggested, should start with a conference in London in January and lead to "a process for transferring district by district to full Afghan control and if at all possible set a timetable for transferring districts starting in 2010".
Originally posted by December_Rain
I am not saying withdrawing is wrong but withdrawing while including Taliban in govt. and not restoring Afghanistan properly is wrong. US has responsibility and can/should not shy away from it just because it does not serve the self interest any longer.