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Don't ever let it be said I bypass stories just to make a point. Here is a story that conservatives would be hard pressed to defend as it relates to Iraq. What we see in Afghanistan applies to Iraq also...it's a bit harder for the media to get a clear picture in Iraq sometimes due to density.
But, this story supports the view that Rumsfeld tailored his strategy around this central idea...a British story with the same theme...READ ON:
Taliban "energised" by troop deployment, says UK defence minister
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
London, July 8, IRNA
Defence Secretary Des Browne admitted Saturday that the presence of British troops in southern Afghanistan had provoked Taliban forces.
"It is certainly the case that the very act of deployment into the south has energized the opposition, and the scale of that opposition and the nature of that opposition became apparent when we were deploying," Browne said.
His admission comes after six British troops were killed in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan in the past month.
The killings have lead to calls by opposition MPs for the government to clarify the role of the new deployment of 3,300 troops amid fears that reinforcements may be needed, including extra air cover.
On Friday, former defence minister Doug Henderson suggested that British troops in Afghanistan should be withdrawn to their barracks until a clear political strategy had been agreed.
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