The Guardian, the NY Times and Der Spiegel have published a devastating series of files obtained by wikileaks on the abysmal state of the war in Afghanistan. The files give insight into the true nature of what appears to be an unwinnable war and promises to create a huge PR disaster for the White House. From the Guardian:
A huge cache of secret US military files today provides a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and Nato commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency.
disclosures come from more than 90,000 records of incidents and
intelligence reports about the conflict obtained by the whistleblowers’
website Wikileaks in one of the biggest leaks in US military history. The files, which were made available to the Guardian, the New York Times and the German weekly Der Spiegel,
give a blow-by-blow account of the fighting over the last six years,
which has so far cost the lives of more than 320 British and more than
1,000 US troops.
The reaction from the White House was predictably hostile stating that the leaks “put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk.” Apparently sending thousands of soldiers into a territory known as ‘the graveyard of empires’ without a coherent strategy doesn’t put any lives at risk. But then this is the government that would have you believe we are ‘fighting the terrorists abroad so they don’t attack us at home’.
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