Troops in Afghanistan may defeat themselves, new commander

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  1. From The Times
    July 9, 2009
    Troops in Afghanistan could defeat themselves, says new commander
    Tom Coghlan
    As their new overall commander, General Stanley McChrystal is careful to praise the dedication and performance of the British Forces in Helmand, but he does not shy away from pointing out Britain’s strategic failures.

    “British Forces have done great work in [Helmand] for a number of years,” the new commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan said in his interview with The Times. “But we have never had the density of forces that would allow us to go into more than fairly limited areas and change the dynamic by actually staying.”

    It is the arrival of 20,000 American troops — about 12,000 of whom are due to go to the southern provinces — that he believes will halt the slide in Helmand, allowing US and British Forces working in tandem finally to hold the ground they take and, he believes, build lasting Afghan government structures.
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