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900 More UK Troops To Afganistan

Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:59 am

Just saw this on the news, 900 more troops are to be sent to Afganistan

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/07/10/afghan.troops/index.html

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RE: 900 More UK Troops To Afganistan

Sat Jul 15, 2006 5:15 am

UK Commanders in Afghanistan requested more troops and UK Defense Secretary Des Browne gave the commanders the support they requested. This is a good thing. Support the soldiers or don't be there at all.

"You go to war with the army you have not the army you want" - US Secratary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

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RE: 900 More UK Troops To Afganistan

Sat Jul 15, 2006 6:13 am

Trouble is, the multinational force in that area, of which the UK is the largest contributer, but also including French, Canadian and Dutch forces, amounts to around 15,000 troops.
But to truly pacify that region, which so far has seen almost non stop fighting, the first combat use of UK and possibly Dutch Apache helicopters, to acheive the reconstruction and other goals, you need around 100,000 troops.

This large resurgence in Taliban strength and influence, is the result of the large scale withdrawl of forces, and attention, from Afghanistan, in 2002, for Iraq.
Not that this particular region was ever an area with significant numbers of US troops.
There is no way the UK can add significant numbers of additional troops, because of in large part, Iraq.

What a mess, promises were made to the Afghan people in 2001, that have not been kept.
 
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RE: 900 More UK Troops To Afganistan

Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:47 pm

Quoting GDB (Reply 2):
Trouble is, the multinational force in that area, of which the UK is the largest contributer, but also including French, Canadian and Dutch forces, amounts to around 15,000 troops.

Among them about 3000 german troops, forming the largest ISAF contingent.

The main problem is the mistake of paying off the warlords / drug barons instead of removing them from the power structure. It is basically the same mistake as the long-time financing of the Taliban when those were still viewed as allies against the soviet occupation. Avoid a confrontation initially, pay severely later on.

It would have been difficult and dangerous to depose the warlords, but leaving them in control is even more dangerous. But that has never even been attempted. German combat forces were offered but were never really used by the US operation leadership, since they preferred to work with the "northern alliance" instead - exactly the warlords (now drug barons) who are pretty much Afghanistan's biggest problem today.

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