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Are we failing in Afghanistan?

Is Britain's strategy in Afghanistan realistic or hubristic? Should we accept that we cannot militarily defeat the Taliban?

By Rory Stewart   January 2008

Yes, we are failing: Rory Stewart

No, we are not failing: Sherard Cowper-Coles

Dear Sherard

27th November 2007

Britain is putting more resources and energy into Afghanistan than into almost any other country in the world. It plans to create a safe, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan and has taken particular responsibility for fighting drugs and the insurgency in the province of Helmand. But what is the chance of success?

Some things have been achieved in the six years since the US-led invasion, from getting millions of girls back into school? to child inoculations and the creation of a…

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