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Issue No. 2087

“We have been driving the insurgents and extremists out of their hiding places.”
Gordon Brown, in his December 2007 upbeat statement on the occupation of Afghanistan

“I made the mistake of listening to them. And when they came in, the Taliban came.”
Afghan president Hamid Karzai, on the British army’s role in the Helmand province

“The question now appears to be not if the Taliban will return to Kabul, but when.”
The independent Senlis Council thinktank

“The country is going backwards, and the whole world is watching.”
Afghanistan Study Group

“You cannot commit to something you are not able to do.”
German government spokesperson, on the “direct and stern” US request for more troops

“We find ourselves, with our allies, in a situation of conflict in a land that is far from us, little known by us and where our interests do not seem self-evident.”
Canada’s Manley Commission, on the threats to pull out its 2,500 troops unless other Nato countries send reinforcements

“That’s as much and as deep as we’re going to go.”
US spokesman Geoff Morrell, replying to a Canadian statement saying that if the US wants more troops it should send them.

“I have no problems with the Canadians.”
US defence secretary Robert Gates, apologising for insulting Canadian soldiers

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Who Says?
Tue 5 Feb 2008, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2087
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