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Masterful inactivity in Afghanistan

By Elizabeth Kirkwood  

Helmand

Helmand: will the fight ever be won?

While the major shift in US policy in Afghanistan announced over the weekend should be welcomed for its increased emphasis on winning over Afghan “hearts and minds,” the US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, might do well to read Stephen Grey’s piece about Helmand province, free to read in this month’s Prospect.

Offering an alternative interpretation of the “lessons learned” by the British campaign in Afghanistan so far, Grey, who has spent a year in Afghanistan embedded with British troops,…

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