Friday, June 22, 2007

A Tale of Two Realities

by Ken Houghton

I guess this means we can get our troops out of Afghanistan now:
The Taleban do not pose a threat to long-term stability in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has said.

So why is NATO asking Canada to extend past two years from now?
Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has urged Canada to keep its military mission in Afghanistan beyond the planned 2009 pullout date.
Canada was playing a vital role in helping Afghanistan to rebuild, he said during a visit to Montreal....

Canada has 2,500 troops deployed in southern Afghanistan as part of the 40,000-strong International Security Assistance Force.

Many the reason is the final 'graf of the first piece, in which Karzai's declaration is put into some context.
The south of the country has this year seen the worst violence since the Taleban were ousted from power in 2001 by US-led troops.

In the long run, we are all stable. It's just those pesky pre-equilibrium moments that the Afghanis are worrying about now. Such as this one:
Three Canadian Nato soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, military officials say....

A Nato spokesman said that the soldiers were in a small open-top all-terrain vehicle[!!] when the bomb went off.

About 90 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year, most in combat for the Nato-led military force Isaf in the country's south.

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