Mission Accomplished? No, the Taleban will fight back

Essex County Standard: Mission Accomplished? No, the Taleban will fight back Mission Accomplished? No, the Taleban will fight back

PARTS of Afghanistan that British forces fought to secure will fall back into Taleban hands when troops withdraw next year, a security expert has warned.

Col Richard Kemp, a former Colchester Royal Grammar School pupil who commanded British forces in Afghanistan in 2003, warned Taleban fighters would try to use 2014 to give British forces a bloody nose.

Col Kemp was responding to Prime Minister David Cameron’s description of the Afghan invasion as “mission accomplished”.

He said: “Parts of southern and eastern Afghanistan will fall back into Taleban hands when we leave, I have no doubt about that. The casualties the Afghan security forces are taking are far beyond anything we have suffered and what we are asking them to do will not be sustainable.”

Soldiers from the Colchester Garrison completed four tours of Afghanistan – more than any other unit.

Col Kemp said: “The mission has been a success, but successive governments have been afraid to be clear about what the mission was.

“They have been pretending it was about humanitarian aid, but it was always about removing Al- Qaeda from Afghanistan and preventing it from becoming a place for terrorist opportunity against the West.

“We have achieved that objective.

Al-Qaeda no longer operates in Afghanistan to any significant extent.”

Mr Cameron said UK troops could come home next year knowing it was mission accomplished.

About 5,200 British troops are based in Afghanistan, down from 9,000 at the start of the year.

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4:34pm Wed 1 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

The mission of spending young soldiers lives in an un winnable internal conflict of beliefs.spending billion of pounds proping up a despotic regime.yes accomplished.square one 2015.karzi living in luxury somewhere in europe.
The mission of spending young soldiers lives in an un winnable internal conflict of beliefs.spending billion of pounds proping up a despotic regime.yes accomplished.square one 2015.karzi living in luxury somewhere in europe. stevedawson

5:09pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Reginald47 says...

Some of us, I suspect many of us, knew this when they went in, but the Blair government was bent on a Christian crusade in the Middle East first in Iraq and then in Afghanistan. Soldiers' lives needlessly lost and others ruined and despite the promise that the poppy fields would be destroyed there are more there now than there were when we went in. It's criminal.
Some of us, I suspect many of us, knew this when they went in, but the Blair government was bent on a Christian crusade in the Middle East first in Iraq and then in Afghanistan. Soldiers' lives needlessly lost and others ruined and despite the promise that the poppy fields would be destroyed there are more there now than there were when we went in. It's criminal. Reginald47

9:45pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Totally agree with "Regi". My nephew served in Iraq, Afghanistan and then the Falkland islands. The TV reporting showed the awful conditions they had to cope with. He was fortunate to come out unscathed and to my astonishment said he enjoyed it!
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The British army was in Afghanistan in the 1920s and now we have repeated our "crusade". Hopefully the lesson from these unwinnable wars will prevent another glory seeking UK prime minister pointlessly sacrificing more troops.
Totally agree with "Regi". My nephew served in Iraq, Afghanistan and then the Falkland islands. The TV reporting showed the awful conditions they had to cope with. He was fortunate to come out unscathed and to my astonishment said he enjoyed it! . The British army was in Afghanistan in the 1920s and now we have repeated our "crusade". Hopefully the lesson from these unwinnable wars will prevent another glory seeking UK prime minister pointlessly sacrificing more troops. Hamiltonandy

2:38am Thu 2 Jan 14

Boris says...

Tony Blair is a war criminal and should answer this charge at the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Of course the bloody war in Afghanistan has been pointless. Of course our brave soldiers have been sacrificed in vain.
The rot started when Reagan, the crazed anti-communist, supported the mujahideen (who became the Taleban) against the progressive government of Najibullah in the 1980s. The Taleban came back to thank Reagan by attacking the World Trade Centre and Pentagon in 2001, and then of course other western targets, notably in Madrid and London.
We don't need crusades. Britain doesn't need a government which attacks third world countries in an attempt to restore the pride of empire. Let's be proud of the good that we achieved in the past, such as it was, and let's be wholly peaceful from now on.
Tony Blair is a war criminal and should answer this charge at the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Of course the bloody war in Afghanistan has been pointless. Of course our brave soldiers have been sacrificed in vain. The rot started when Reagan, the crazed anti-communist, supported the mujahideen (who became the Taleban) against the progressive government of Najibullah in the 1980s. The Taleban came back to thank Reagan by attacking the World Trade Centre and Pentagon in 2001, and then of course other western targets, notably in Madrid and London. We don't need crusades. Britain doesn't need a government which attacks third world countries in an attempt to restore the pride of empire. Let's be proud of the good that we achieved in the past, such as it was, and let's be wholly peaceful from now on. Boris

3:20pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Tony Blair always justified his actions based on his religious beliefs. If he was in power now we would already be engaged in war in Syria. Perhaps it should be compulsory for all those making decisions about foreign conflicts should have served in the army in a war zone for at least two tours and met a few of the families destroyed.
Tony Blair always justified his actions based on his religious beliefs. If he was in power now we would already be engaged in war in Syria. Perhaps it should be compulsory for all those making decisions about foreign conflicts should have served in the army in a war zone for at least two tours and met a few of the families destroyed. Hamiltonandy

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