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Nato warning over Afghan mission

Nato head Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has warned that walking away from the alliance's mission in Afghanistan would have a "devastating" effect.

Speaking in London, the Nato secretary-general said failure would give free run to al-Qaeda.

His comments come as Afghanistan suffers a spike in violence ahead of elections on 20 August.

More foreign troops have been killed in July than in any other month since the US-led invasion in 2001.

In a speech at a think tank, Mr de Hoop Scheffer said Nato allies could not afford to abandon their campaign.

"If we were to walk away, Afghanistan would fall to the Taliban, with devastating effect for the people there - women in particular," he said.

'Burden sharing'

He also said any such move would have an impact on the wider region.

"Pakistan would suffer the consequences, with all that that implies for international security," he said.

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Added: Jul-20-2009 Occurred On: Jul-20-2009
By: dan_man_
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Afghanistan, News
Tags: NATO, Hoop Scheffer, Afghanistan, Afghanistan war, war on terror, Taliban, al Qaida, al Qaeda, Afghan police, Helmand, bachabazi
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