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Afghanistan: UN envoy agrees war cannot be won militarily

Kabul, 6 Oct. (AKI) - International forces in Afghanistan cannot win the war against the Taliban by military means, the United Nations' top official in the country said on Monday.

"I have always said to those that talk about the military surge... what we need most of all is a political surge, more political energy," the UN special envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, told journalists in Kabul.

"We all know that we cannot win it military. It has to be won through political means. That means political engagement," Eide continued.

Eide's comments came after Britain's departing military commander in Afghanistan, Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith said a military victory over the Taliban (photo) was "neither feasible nor supportable."

Troop levels need to be sufficient to contain the insurgency to a level where it does not threaten the survival of the country's democratically elected gover


Added: Oct-6-2008 
By: PiRaTeCoPy
Afghanistan, Middle East
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