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Old 03-01-2012   #161
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...maybe when it's all over the "Afghan" will become a endangered species.
Like the last time around?
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Old 03-01-2012   #162
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As far as I'm concerned this is all a moot point after this latest 'koran burning' b.s. What a bunch of f-ing savages! Let's get the hell out of there and let em sort it out - maybe when it's all over the "Afghan" will become a endangered species.

Okay, I feel better. Anyways, as much as I appreciate what or allies have done, etc - I've never quite understood why a country like the U.S. with 300+ million could not handle Afghanistan by ourselves. I get the whole NATO thing, but we should have done this by ourselves. Again, I do very much appreciate what our allies have done, are doing and their sacrifices.

IMO, we (the U.S.) do not nation build well, at least not in non-western countries/cultures because we are not willing to do what is necessary to bring stability and make the people conform.
If the goal of this war was ever to "make the people conform", it was lost before the first bomb dropped. Three hundred million people or no, you're not going to make any society in the modern world "conform" to what a bunch of foreigners want.

The Soviets and their Khalqi semi-allies tried to do so and killed millions. Was that a worthy goal? Did Afghan society become more or less radicalized as a result?
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Listening to a BBC Radio yesterday a former Kabul correspondent referred to the exit of the Norwegian contingent from a northern province - Faryab (RC-North), after nine years and the apparent increase in local Taliban activity.

I had not seen any reporting here that Norway had left.

A quick search found they left in October 2012, with nine deaths:http://www.newsinenglish.no/2012/09/...istan-pullout/

A small presence remains (97 persons), probably a PRT and those in Kabul:http://www.isaf.nato.int/troop-numbe...rway/index.php

Given the closeness of the Nordic nations on many foreign policy matters I note both Denmark and Sweden have remained, with battalion-sized contingents - in RC-N and RC-SW respectively.
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Sadly I missed the end of the Danish combat role, but a Danish contact explained this week what happened. The Danes have been fighting for twelve years, largely in Helmand - alongside and under UK command, until the 22nd July 2013:
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The dozen years in Afghanistan cost the lives of 43 Danish soldiers and resulted in total costs of approximately 15 billion kroner. An additional 211 soldiers were injured in Afghanistan....Although the last combat troops have now left Afghanistan, a number of Danish defence personnel will remain in the country in order to train the Afghan police force and to man special units and tanks.
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