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August 2, 2009

BRITAIN'S SENIOR DIPLOMAT SEES AF-PAK WAR GOING ON FOR DECADES

Independent, UK - Britain's most senior diplomat warned that Britain's involvement in the country will last for "decades". Sir Nigel Sheinwald, British ambassador to Washington, painted a bleak future for British forces in the week that the Panther's Claw operation in Helmand was declared a success. In an intervention laying out the longest official timetable yet seen for Britain's commitment to Afghanistan, he predicted that the tide would turn against the Taliban "over the next year or so" rather than in a matter of weeks.
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"We're going to have a very long-term commitment to Afghanistan's future. This is not just one year," Sir Nigel said in an interview with The Boston Globe. "This is going to be for decades. We're going to help them get to a state which can they can ward off the return of the Taliban and al-Qa'ida. That's our strategic objective. We need to avoid the vacuum returning. And that's what this huge effort is about."

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why? If this is really a war, why not do what you do in a REAL war: intern all the suspect travelers to or from the enemy nation.

August 4, 2009 6:30 PM  

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