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The leaks won’t stop the Afghan war

The disclosure of 90,000 classified documents from Wikileaks is intriguing. Just don't mistake it for an opportunity to pronounce Afghanistan a failure

By Anthony King  

Today, The Guardian published a twelve-page exposé of the war in Afghanistan based on the disclosure of 90,000 classified items passed to the paper by the website Wikileaks. The material is sobering. It documents numerous civilian casualties, the use of special forces teams to kill or capture Taliban commanders, and alleged links between the Taliban, the Pakistani intelligence service (the ISI) and Iran. The extent of the disclosure is surprising, and some of the details will be disturbing, especially for those unfamiliar with the campaign. Much of it is also illuminating, providing a rare level of detail.

However, the Guardian’s…

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