07 januar, 2007

Fremgang i Afghanistan. Eller....

Briterne deler tæv ud i Afghanistan, til gavn for den Afghanske befolkning:

British troops have destroyed a Taleban training camp in southern Afghanistan, killing dozens of insurgents, according to the military.

About 110 Royal Marines carried out the operation in northern Helmand, which it is hoped will pave the way for repairs on a hydroelectric dam in the province.

It is hoped nearly two million people will now get access to electricity.

Problemet er, at de ødelægger det både for sig selv og Afghanerne samtidig:

British policy in Afghanistan is seriously damaging Western efforts against the Taliban, diplomats from allied countries have warned.

Officials from the United States and European members of NATO say Britain is increasingly at odds with its coalition partners over its policy of making arbitrary peace deals with the Taliban, while at the same time declining to put pressure on Pakistan to stop providing sanctuary to the Taliban leadership.

Diplomats in Kabul and Islamabad, the capitals of Afghanistan and Pakistan, say Britain's "go-it-alone policies" are threatening military preparations for a major Taliban offensive expected next month.

Western officials have strongly criticized a deal in Musa Qala in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where thousands of British troops are fighting a resurgent Taliban faction.

Nogen vil huske Musa Qala som byen danske soldater udgød en del blod (heldigvis mest af Taleban-varianten) for at holde i sommers. De der ikke husker det kan få genopfrisket hukommelsen her.

UPDATE

Mens jeg er ved Afghanistan, så rapporterer Newsweek, at et hold på 12 vestlige konvertitter til islam har været under træning i landet siden 2005, og er på vej tilbage til Europa for at starte nye terrorceller - hvis de da ikke allerede er ankommet. Blandt dem er 9 briter, 2 nordmænd og 1 australier. Læs artiklen her. En af de tolv skulle være manden der står som nummer 2 fra højre på billedet her.

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