Taliban have achieved strategic stalemate in Afghanistan: Miliband

March 21st, 2009 - 2:25 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar.21 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said that the Taliban has achieved a “strategic stalemate” in Afghanistan. His statement came as he refused to say whether he wanted to reduce the number of British forces in the country.
Miliband told the BBC: “In parts of the country there is a strategic stalemate. It is not true that the Taliban are overrunning our forces because in any conventional encounter they lose. But they are a terrorist, counter-insurgency force which is able to do grave and grievous damage to our own troops and others.”
Miliband also welcomed the American report which he said acknowledged that the issue of Afghanistan was linked closely with Pakistan.
He said it was now understood that there could not be a solution in the region brought about by military means alone.
He added that the aim of a “civilian and military strategy” which recognises this is a Pakistan and Afghanistan problem was is to “break that stalemate”.
One hundred and fifty two British troops have died in Afghanistan and both America and Britain want other NATO countries to share the burden in the fight against the Taliban.
Miliband has so far received little positive response from those allies.
According to The Telegraph, Miliband said that by 2012 the Afghan national army will have doubled in size and that will give American and Britain the opportunity to look again at its commitments in terms of troop strength. (ANI)

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