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Troops 'Overwhelmed and Cannot Defeat Taliban': Top Australia Combat Soldier

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posted on Oct, 17 2010 @ 02:54 AM

THE Taliban have ''overwhelmed'' foreign troops and cannot be defeated by military means, one of Australia's top combat soldiers has warned.

Brigadier Mark Smethurst says securing Afghanistan could take decades, but success is uncertain without a fundamental change in strategy.

His critical assessment comes in a report that contrasts sharply with federal government claims of progress in Afghanistan.
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While the key role of Australian troops is mentoring local forces, he says the Afghan army cannot operate independently, despite seven years of training, and the police are even worse.

The Afghan government is ineffective and has failed to deal with corruption, human rights abuses and a non-existent justice system. Aid distribution, he says, has been ''wasteful, ineffective and insufficient''.

Brigadier Mark Smethurst implicitly criticises the Howard government's approach, and poses questions about the present government's agenda.

Well, so much for HIS career...

Brigadier Smethurst is a highly regarded special forces officer, with service in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan in a 28-year career. At present deputy commander of Special Operations Command, he is tipped for a key coalition post in Afghanistan.

While his paper was written last year, he told The Sunday Age the basic tenets held true.

Called Creating Conditions for the Defeat of the Afghan Taliban: A Strategic Assessment, it was recently published online by the Australian Defence College.

Well, who needs to defeat the Taliban? The CIA just has to secure the poppy fields. That's all they care about. That much is clear.

posted on Oct, 17 2010 @ 03:09 AM
yeh especially, like in Vietnam,( declassified),the vietkong, like the taliban are funded and have intel fed by
cia black ops-in this case to peddle heroin,feed it into Russia-Harvest the Lithium and create an Oil Pipeline- its a bloody goldmine for the globalists- its an effen joke, mankind better get off its knees!-'War is A Racket'-Smedley Butler


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