Afghanistan: Noch mehr Tote erwartet

“Afghanistan forces face four more years of combat, warns Nato official

Nato’s top civilian official in Afghanistan warns of further deaths in ‘very tough year’ for British and other foreign troops

British and other foreign troops deployed in Afghanistan face a ‘very tough’ time ahead and can expect to be engaged in a combat role for three or four more years, Nato’s most senior civilian official in the country said today.

Mark Sedwill, a former UK ambassador to Afghanistan, warned of further troop deaths in the region, saying: ‘We cannot allow judgment of success to be the absence of casualties.’

Speaking on the margins of a Royal United Services Institute conference in London, Sedwill laid out crucial steps towards ending the conflict, to be taken over the next few months.

A ‘critical test’ would be the imminent operation in Kandahar designed to improve security and governance in the Taliban’s heartland, he said.

That operation was not primarily a military one, Nato insists. However, as more troops are engaged in counter-insurgency operations in southern Afghanistan, it was inevitable there would be more casualties, Sedwill said (…).”


(Quelle: Guardinan.)

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