Is there an end in sight in
As the 300th British soldier dies in
o Robert Fox
o guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 June 2010 10.10 BST
The number of British deaths in
The death of the 300th member of the British armed forces represents a melancholy landmark in the eight-and-a-half-year story of the war in
The question uppermost now is the one asked by General David Petraeus flying over
The campaign in
It is now clear that both Cameron and Barack Obama are looking to start winding down military operations from the latter half of next year, with a sharper pull-out in 2012. It would be an exaggeration to term this an exit strategy, but something is moving.
Meanwhile, the fighting goes on across the south. Only the most dewy-eyed optimists would claim that all is well, though some like Con Coughlin of the Telegraph do.
The long-heralded major effort for the summer in returning good government and security to
President Hamid Karzai seems, at last, to have signed up to the plan, but getting police back into the no-go areas of the city and the outskirts could be more tricky than it sounds.
For British audiences, the need to resolve the virtual siege of Sangin in central
The slow progress in Sangin had fuelled the growing sense of doubt in British public opinion – and the same doubts are growing in the
Even the suggestion that Afghanistan, according to a recent commercial survey, may be sitting on £2tn worth of minerals has been hardly conducive to peace – with many fearing it will actually encourage more factional fighting to get hold of the spoils. The new term, at least in connection with
But perhaps an even bigger strategic headache is being created to the south in
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