Operational Risk - Is the balance right and fair?

#1
Having seen the following article it strikes me' even more than ever that many of our NATO "allies" are doing little more than playing a political game. Is there anything that can be done to more fairly or effectively operate?

National News
4 years in Afghanistan, Turks suffer only 1 attack
By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Release
Updated: 06/13/2009 10:05:46 AM CDT

KABUL—A top U.S. general says violence has reached on all-time high in Afghanistan, but Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday that his troops have suffered only one attack in almost four years.
Turkey, the Muslim nation with the highest number of troops and civilian workers in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, has some 800 troops in the country. A separate team of about 140 civilians carries out aid projects in a violent province just west of Kabul, a region where U.S. troops have faced dozens of attacks this year.

But Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish troops and civilians face little danger here because of the relations that Turkish citizens have built with Afghans. The fact that the two countries share a common religion plays a part but is not the only reason, he said.

"If you give confidence to the people that you are here for civilian purposes, not just for security and you are not ... seeing them as a threat, this physical relationship is very important," he told The Associated Press in an interview. "We shouldn't give the impression to the people of Afghanistan that we see (them) as a possible threat."

The Turkish provincial reconstruction team based in the capital of Wardak province conducts reading, writing and computer courses for women. Turkey has also built 42 schools and about 25 hospitals in Afghanistan, Davutoglu said.
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#3
Supplying trops is one thing.
Supplying troops who are properly trained to a common standard is another.
Supplying troops provided with the right equipment and supplies to fight is another
Supplying troops who can fight is another.
Supplying troops who allowed to fight is another.
Supplying troops who are allowed to be commanded by other National Forces is another.

Fact is that as long as those Nations taking Casualties continue to do so without real comlaint, the other Nations will not react. The Northern Volleyball league is extremely busy right now.
 

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