Warning to the US: beware treating Afghanistan like Iraq

Patrick Cockburn

It's a mistake to think that 'failed states' won't put up strong resistance.
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4,000 Muslim Brits Join Taliban

THOUSANDS of British-born Muslims have joined the Taliban in Afghanistan. UK troops say they are facing a mini civil war as more Brits head out to fight for the enemy.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/70883/4-000-Muslim-Brits-join-Taliban/


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Did the US learn anything in Iraq?

CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

02/26/09

President Obama is likely to announce in the coming days that he will withdraw all US combat troops from Iraq by August 2010. Many of these soldiers will end up in Afghanistan where the Taliban is getting stronger and the US-backed government weaker by the day. How much has the US learnt from its debacle in Iraq? One lesson not learnt in Washington is that it is a bad idea to become involved in a war in any so-called ‘failed state.’ This patronizing term suggests that if a state has failed, foreign intervention is justified and will face limited resistance. But the greatest US foreign policy disasters over the last generation have all been in places where organised government had largely collapsed...

http://counterpunch.org/patrick02262009.html


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