Retreat from Afghanistan

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  1. From The Times
    April 30, 2009
    Retreat from Afghanistan

    The temporary dispatch of only 700 troops to bolster British forces in Afghanistan is the worst of all worlds: sending too few reinforcements to achieve the end promised
    Gordon Brown gave the Commons a lucid summary yesterday of the threat posed by the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan. “They are the crucible for global terrorism,” he said. They were the breeding ground for terrorists and the source of a chain of terror stretching back to the streets of Britain. He is right. It is, therefore, all the more astonishing that, having spent two days seeing for himself the scale of the threat, Mr Brown should announce the deployment of no more than 700 temporarily assigned troops to Afghanistan to bolster Britain's contingent.

    The proposed figure is far below the numbers needed. It falls well short of the reinforcements urged on his Nato allies by President Obama, who is to send an extra 21,000 troops to Afghanistan. And it is less than the total of 3,500 that General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army, told this newspaper three weeks ago had been earmarked for deployment in operations in southern Afghanistan. Indeed, far from underpinning the “enhanced strategic dialogue” that Mr Brown said was needed to tackle extremism in the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands, the two additional infantry companies are to stay only four months until the Afghan election in August. After the vote they will be withdrawn and Britain's Forces will return to a total of 8,300. That will mean abandoning recent gains, withdrawing from Musa Qala and probably also Kajaki.
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  2. I can't help but question the validity of the article after reading the bold; Kajaki is faaaaaar too strategically important to withdraw from, and Musa Qala has too much symbolic value after the withdrawl, and then re-capture of it.