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By Prospect   February 2011

No exit deadline

Patrick Hennessey (Letters, January) is right that announcing deadlines for troop withdrawals from Afghanistan is a bad idea. This only encourages insurgents to cause more trouble. It also discourages local co-operation with Nato forces, because people know they will have no protection once the troops have gone. And it signals that we are not serious about our task. We’re there to prevent the country being used as a launching pad for violence in the region and the world. We must do more to explain why we’re there, what we’re doing and the dire consequences of leaving the…

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