April 18, 2014

How the West Lost in Afghanistan

Alan Philps, The National

The Associated Press

One of the lessons of the long war in Afghanistan is that negotiating tribal politics in a country such as Afghanistan requires a lifetime of knowledge of local history and proficiency in the language. British colonial servants had that, and so do the Pakistani specialists. Military officers rotating in and out from Europe or the United States will never achieve that, particularly if their own local politics determines that their stay will be brief and everyone, down to the humblest villager, knows that.

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TAGGED: Helmand Province, Taliban, UK, United States, Afghanistan

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