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Afghanistan Britain is wasting the lives of its soldiers, Ashdown warns

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By Brian Brady, Whitehall Editor
Sunday, 25 January 2009

The former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown has accused ministers of  “wasting the lives” of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan, claiming the international community did not have a plan to bring peace to the country.

As President Barack Obama named his envoy to the war-torn country, Lord Ashdown issued a grim warning that the “scandal” of inadequate planning threatened Nato’s ability to take advantage of victories over the Taliban. Lord Ashdown, who had once been earmarked as a UN representative in Afghanistan, said insufficient military and aid resources had been committed to the country. He warned that a resolution of its problems would not be reached without better international co-ordination and an agreement involving major powers.

He added: “I fear that we are now – and it is a scandal – wasting the lives of our young men and women whom we are putting in the frontline in the most difficult circumstances when our political leaders have failed to produce any kind of plan that can take advantage of the victories they win over the Taliban at great cost. If you speak to senior commanders in Afghanistan, you will find they are saying the same thing. They are winning the battle, often at great cost in death and mutilation of our soldiers, but I am afraid to say the international community has failed to take advantage of the victories they have gained.”

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And from a 15 months ago in the Telegraph:

Afghanistan is lost, says Lord Ashdown

A Taliban fighter in Afghanistan?s south. Afghanistan is lost, says Lord Ashdown

A Taliban fighter in Afghanistan’s south

Nato has “lost in Afghanistan” and its failure to bring stability there could provoke a regional sectarian war “on a grand scale”, according to Lord Ashdown.

The former United Nations High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina delivered his dire prediction after being proposed as a new “super envoy” role in Afghanistan.

Lord Ashdown said: “We have lost, I think, and success is now unlikely.”

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January 26, 2009 at 8:51 pm

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