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Nato losing battle against the Taliban, says IISS - Telegraph
Nato is losing its battle in Afghanistan because of tensions within the alliance, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) .

The think tank said that the Taliban were stepping up the use of suicide bombings and expanding their operations into areas that were previously quiet.

At the same time, Nato members are struggling to agree among themselves what constituted "success" in Afghanistan while the global economic crisis meant that military budgets throughout the alliance were coming under pressure.

The warning, in the IISS's annual Military Balance survey of armed forces around the world, comes as new US President Barack Obama is expected to appeal to America's European allies to send more troops in an attempt to force a strategic breakthrough.

The report said that the Taliban insurgency had continued "unabated" throughout the past 12 months - even moving into previously quiet provinces - adding to pressures on the alliance.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 04:23:24 PM EST
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NATO probably started losing the day after they enterd Kabul. They noticeably started losing after bush went to Iraq. It's shocking that people like IISS, who ought to flipping know this stuff before anyone else, are just getting around to noticing.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 05:18:37 PM EST
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