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Issue No. 2160

“This is hard fighting and, as we have seen, the risks are considerable. But we are making progress.”
British defence secretary, Bob Ainsworth on the war in Afghanistan

“There is no question but that the situation has deteriorated over the course of the past two years.”
General David Petraeus, who as chief of US Central Command oversees the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq

“I don’t think we should be out there at all. It’s just not our fight. I would like to see them come home now, this minute.”
Lisa Richards of Merthyr Tydfil, whose husband and 18 year old son were posted to Afghanistan this week

“People hate Americans, because they kill innocent people.”
Ezatullah, a driver from the Afghan town of Meydan Shahr

“I am confident we are right to be in Afghanistan – that we have the strongest possible plan and we have the resources needed to do the job.”
Gordon Brown

“There is a chronic failure at all levels of government to advance the protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan.”
Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

“If the Americans kill an Afghan father, the son will take revenge and pick up a gun and will stand against foreigners.”
Abdul Qadir, who runs a shoe-shine business in Kabul

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Tue 14 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2160
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