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General Lord Dannatt at Armed Forces Day in Southend, 2009. Picture: OssieTT

Afghan strategy

Nearly five years into our major operation in southern Afghanistan, and with bin Laden now dead, British forces are in the best position yet. We now have the right levels of manpower, good equipment and a sound strategy. Afghanistan will never be democratic in the western sense, but it now has the chance to stand on its own feet. We are on the verge of winning “hearts and minds.”

The winning strategy will be an Afghan one—and progressively, it is becoming an Afghan-led operation. We…

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