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Is Afghanistan going the way of Iraq?

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The similarities are hard to ignore. Like Iraq, road side bombs are increasingly being used, quite effectively and the US/NATO can do little to stop them. Now NATO is asking for more troops to try and at least hold their own in the battle against the growing and increasingly aggressive Taliban. Mission Accomplished?

The roadside bomb, which has inflicted half of American casualties in Iraq, is a simple but fierce some weapon against a vehicle-borne army.

The British Government was warned what might happen. Generals admitted privately that in Afghanistan and in Iraq British soldiers could end up penned into their encampments unable to move outside its fortifications. It is nevertheless strange that the Government, having become entangled in a messy guerrilla war in Iraq, should make exactly the same mistake in Afghanistan.

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