Americans clash with Britain over Afghan siege city

From The Sunday Times
August 16, 2009
Americans clash with Britain over Afghan siege city

The British needed 5,000 men to recapture Musa Qala
Michael Smith

BRITAIN is under pressure to give up an Afghan town where it has fought numerous bloody battles because the Americans claim the army is too overstretched to hold on to it.

US commanders want to take control of Musa Qala in northern Helmand province, arguing that Britain’s forces are already hard-pressed trying to control the so-called green zone further south.

Musa Qala has great symbolic importance for the British, who have lost 18 soldiers there. They seized it from the Taliban in 2006 before pulling out in a deal with local elders. The agreement broke down, however, and it took 5,000 men to recapture the town of 50,000 inhabitants in 2007.

Musa Qala is 50 miles north of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, and is one of the most northerly British outposts.

Afghans learn commando style
The recent Operation Panther’s Claw, which cleared the Taliban from 150 square miles of the green zone north and northwest of Lashkar Gah, has left troops exhausted.


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Let the Yanks have it. In fact let the Yanks have the whole fucking mess. It's not worth one more British life in that shithole of a country.

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