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Army wants to retreat in Afghanistan.

#1
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/ne...rticle6907939.ece?token=null&offset=12&page=2

So let me get this straight. The logic of the argument in the article is as follows: the reason that there is violence is because we are there attracting it, therefore if we pull out of the outlying bases (the ones we have been sweating blood and tears over for years) then they won't be able to attack us because we aren't there... Thus those regions will become more peaceful and this is desirable.

Surely by this reasoning, total NATO victory would be secured by leaving Afghanistan altogether?

This is not to mention that this proposed strategy smacks of the sort of thinking that led to British forces withdrawing to Basra airbase prematurely; where they sat as the Iraqis felt compelled to launch Charge of the Knights in order to wrest control back from the militias that had taken over as a result of our absense.

Back to Afghanistan. If it isn't strategically necessary to have a presence in Musah Qala (indeed, we've withdrawn from it before) and Now Zad - then why did we commit ourselves to such fierce fighting over it in the first place?
 
#2
lakedaemon said:
Back to Afghanistan. If it isn't strategically necessary to have a presence in Musah Qala (indeed, we've withdrawn from it before) and Now Zad - then why did we commit ourselves to such fierce fighting over it in the first place?
Because the Governor of Helmand wanted us there back in 2006.
 

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#3
Fallschirmjager said:
lakedaemon said:
Back to Afghanistan. If it isn't strategically necessary to have a presence in Musah Qala (indeed, we've withdrawn from it before) and Now Zad - then why did we commit ourselves to such fierce fighting over it in the first place?
Because the Governor of Helmand wanted us there back in 2006.
Absolutely spot-on. We put the 'new' Governor in, and had to back him up when he wanted a Brit presence in one location. Then another. Then another. Soon we had more Pl Houses than enough, and certainly far more than we could support if they were attacked seriously. And they certainly were.
 
#4
Can we just bring our Lads back, then reacess our goals and objectives.



http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6907939.ece

In what would be a significant change of strategy against the growing Taliban insurgency, they are considering abandoning several bases including Musa Qala, the scene of bloody battles that claimed 15 British lives. Army forces would attempt to hold only the larger towns in Helmand province.

It is understood the new “retrenchment” strategy is backed by the head of the army, General Sir David Richards.

Gordon Brown has yet to take a final decision, however. Ministers are concerned the new strategy would be branded defeatist.
 

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