Does Afghanistan need a surge?

Afghanistan has always been a difficult territory for any military power trying to have a grip of it. Winning the war against terrorism in Afghanistan means winning the heart and mind of the Afghan population. Without the support of the locals, the terrorists won’t find hiding grounds in the face of the impressive number of troops and the equipments they have for precise surveillance.

If the Afghan population can’t see its livelihood get better and better many of it, especially those living in impoverished areas, will side with any insurgent group. This means international forces will have to stay in Afghanistan as ;long as possible as leaving it will mean the regrouping of the the terrorist networks to continue their challenge to the West and to the governments allied with it. As such the situation in Afghanistan will remain a vicious circle, unless there are radical changes in attitudes from all sides that can help all to live in shared peace.

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