NATO is Failing in Afghanistan

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    What good is a military alliance that includes France and Turkey? In Afghanistan, France, Germany, Spain, and Turkey (NATO countries) have refused to allow their troops to engage in fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda. As Britain points out in the article below, the fear of key NATO countries to engage the enemy undermines the alliance.

     
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    What good is a military alliance that includes France and Turkey? In Afghanistan, France, Germany, Spain, and Turkey (NATO countries) have refused to allow their troops to engage in fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

    The word "France" and "Turkey" do not even appear in your article, at least when I did a word search. Did you just "assume" they were talking about France?

    Also, its not like Bush is stepping up our efforts in Afghanistan. He’s diverted most of our resources to Iraq, where Al Qaeda did not even exist prior to 2003. And Al Qaeda now has re-established in the Pakistan border area. And we don’t seem to be doing much about it.
     
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    Your citations are a year old. If you knew anything about NATO combat in Afghanistan, you would be aware that regular French, German, Spanish, and Turk forces are not allowed by their governments to engage the Taliban or Al Qaeda on the ground in southern Afghanistan, where all of the fighting is occurring. They are consigned to guard duty in the uncontested northern areas of the country. Moreover, these countries have refused to send any more troops to Afghanistan. Which hardly matters since they will not fight. The US has by far the most troops on the ground in Afghanistan; they are doing most of the fighting along with the British, Canadians, and Dutch.
     

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