Embattled US troops take cynical view of progress in Afghanistan

None of this happened in the southern badlands of Afghanistan where the Taliban are exacting a seemingly relentless death toll from mostly US and UK forces, but in Bala Murghab, in Badghis province in the far north-west.

A backwater in the war in Afghanistan, nine miles south of the border of Turkmenistan, it has been neglected for years by both Nato and the Afghan government. But it is places like Bala Murghab, in a supposedly more secure corner of the country, that expose the immense difficulties the country has ahead of it in building self-reliant ­security forces and persuading a new breed of increasingly competent Taliban fighters to lay down their arms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are in Afghanistan to achieve two outcomes, and two outcomes only; to install oil pipelines, with which to control Eurasian oil, and the control over the drug crops, from which so many profit so handsomely.

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