The Dangers of Duplicating Iraq in Afghanistan

The Dangers of Duplicating Iraq in Afghanistan

American military officers like to boast that the Afghan army is growing faster than expected, a positive trend in a grinding war campaign. Yet deep in the southern battle zone where the Taliban-led insurgency is strongest, the ranks are faltering, plagued by desertions, spotty performance and drug problems that cast doubts on their ability to secure their own homeland. Now, U.S. commanders have concluded that extra measures are needed to secure critical gaps around the country. With some of the foreign troops they're leaning on scheduled to begin leaving next year and an Afghan national police force that is widely distrusted, they have to come up with those measures quickly.

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