Afghanistan: Beating the Taliban one step at a time

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  1. Afghanistan: Beating the Taliban one step at a time
    As British troops launch the biggest offensive of the summer, the new strategy of security is working, says Thomas Harding in Helmand.

    by Thomas Harding
    Published: 7:00AM BST 31 Jul 2010

    It has been a bleak week for the war in Afghanistan. The generals directing the fight and the politicians overseeing the campaign will have been frantically asking themselves if the biggest leak in US military history will have the same game-changing effect as Vietnam’s Pentagon Papers. For the public, too, this comes at the worst possible time, where perception of the conflict is gloomy, the outlook dark.
    Only a month ago we passed the figure of 300 British dead – now it’s 325. The so-called “McChrystal bounce” is in danger of falling flat with the exit of the general; the coffins still lumber through Wootton Bassett; and now a man who has released 90,000 secret documents on the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks is intent on derailing a campaign to which 42 countries have committed their troops. Can more go wrong? It certainly will
    Afghanistan: Beating the Taliban one step at a time - Telegraph
  2. "the new strategy of security' will only work as long as we are flooding the area with troops.
    As soon as the politicians declare victory and we come home, the Taliban will be back in power within a month tops.
  3. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    That's pretty much what everyone expected to happen when the Soviets withdrew, but the Kabul government didn't fall till over 4 years later. And even then it was mostly because of the Dostum's forces defecting as part of a power grab.
  4. The ISI have an agenda.
    They created the Taliban to take over Afghanistan in the late 90's . It worked then, they will ensure it works again.
  5. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    I think the Pakistanis have their hands full with the Taliban on their own side of the border this time. Blowback isn't an American-only phenomenon.

  6. All the more reason the ISI will be pushing the agenda in Afghanistan to provide them a useful safety valve for their hot heads.