Monday, June 05, 2006

classic British methods

According to the new head of NATO operations in Southern Afghanistan, they are going to use classic British anti-insurgency methods (interview on BBC World Service, Sunday).  We are told that the security forces withdraw into their bases at night, leaving the Taliban in control and able to demand food from villagers. One of the British methods, in the Malay situation, was to set up enclosed area for the population. I don't know how well this would go down in Afghanistan.

The other obvious point is that this is all happening four and a half years too late.

Update: BBC report, today (9 Jun) - 'British soldiers involved in a six-hour battle in southern Afghanistan last Sunday killed many more Taleban fighters than first reported.'

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