Brown Threatens to Withdraw Troops from Afaghanistan

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  1. From The Sunday Times
    September 7, 2008
    Hamid Karzai blames Britain for Taliban resurgence

    President Karzai. Security analysts in Afghanistan say the situation has become ’even more dire’
    Dean Nelson, South Asia Correspondent

    The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has blamed Britain for the resurgence of the Taliban and its growing activity in large tracts of the country.

    His remarks, made to Afghan MPs, follow a clash with Gordon Brown over the Kabul regime’s links with warlords and drugs barons.

    Karzai claims Brown has threatened to withdraw British troops from Helmand province, where 31 of them have died this year, if the president reinstates two provincial governors sacked for alleged dealings in the heroin trade.

    One of them is Sher Mohammed Akhundzada, the former governor of Helmand, who was forced out under British pressure two years ago after nine tons of opium and heroin were discovered in his basement. Karzai’s plan to reinstate the governors has alarmed western diplomats in Kabul and dismayed British officials.
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  2. Interesting spot Skynet - not aware of this being published elsewhere - how will Number 10 respond in the morning? - Other than "Karzai is a a liar"
  3. Karzai is a liar or the lads will be back home for Christmas!
  4. Jings, crivvens, help M'bob....

    Drugs in this chap's basement - shurely shome mishtake...

    What planet does Broon think he is living on? :roll:
  5. Someone slot the cnut.
  6. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Ok I'm loading the mag with .50 cal now.

    One question. which cnut?
  7. It has been widely reported that Karzai’s brother Ezatullah Wasefi, currently head of the Afghan government's anti-corruption authority is the world’s biggest heroin producer, which may explain Hamid's keeness to reinstate two of his unsavoury chums.

    In any case, the Taliban and AQ are regrouping, ready to carry on the war in Pakistan, where they know that anything other than the small covert ops (only recently put on an overt footing) will not be tolerated, thus giving them room to sort themselves out after their mauling by the British and the rest of the coalition.

    If the Taliban move to destabilise Pakistan, they know they may get their hands on a few nuclear treats - and there's not a lot the West can do to stop them.
  8. It was only nine tons FFS. Not proof of trafficking just a stash for personal use
  9. We need to consider the purchase of the whole heroin supply,from The Stan.Cheaper and more effective than our present policy.Several objectives would then be achieved at once.But are NuLiabor listening(to anyone?)

  10. Brown I assume ?
  11. Why? Brown is right. Or did we get two 'diplomats' declared PNG because they were wrong?
  12. I have noticed that people are always loath to specify which Christmas they mean when they say this.

    It is Karzais time to go. He is more of a hinderence than a help now.

    Same with Brown come to think of it.
  13. Brown may well be right (even a broken clock is right twice a day) but does he have the minerals to actually do it or will there be yet another U-turn that make the British establishment look even weaker?
  14. Good to see that Cyclops has truely got his finger on the Afghanistan pulse. :x
  15. Fully Agreed, Pakistan is up for grabs for extremism, Terry Taliban has already infiltrated the mountainous lawless zones of Pakistan they have started their bombing and terror tactics in the veiw of weak leadership, so I predict that it will be about 3yrs before Pakistan with be run by Terry!!