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Gates faults NATO allies in southern Afghanistan
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Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates has publicly criticized some fellow NATO forces in Afghanistan, saying they do not know how to fight a guerrilla insurgency.

Gates, who on Tuesday ordered extra 3,200 U.S. Marines to Afghanistan, said in an interview published in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that some European allies were still geared to the type of combat envisioned by Cold War planners before the fall of the Soviet Union.

"I'm worried we're deploying (military advisors) that are not properly trained and I'm worried we have some military forces that don't know how to do counterinsurgency operations," the newspaper quoted him as saying.

"Most of the European forces, NATO forces, are not trained in counterinsurgency. They were trained for the Fulda Gap," said Gates, referring to the German region where a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was deemed most likely.

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  -Gates faults NATO allies in southern Afghanistan maddezmom  Jan-16-08 10:10 AM   #0 
  - Well that ought to go over well. What if they say that if we hadn't  acmavm   Jan-16-08 10:27 AM   #1 
  - Good reasons not to fund missile-defense, stealth bombers and supersonic interceptors, too  TheBorealAvenger   Jan-16-08 10:29 AM   #2 
  - And the U.S. has been doing such a great job  daleo   Jan-16-08 10:35 AM   #3 
  - Ridiculous statement made by Gates  JBoy   Jan-16-08 12:54 PM   #4 
  - 'Bloody outrageous': NATO allies bristle after U.S. questions skills  maddezmom   Jan-16-08 01:36 PM   #5 
  - Gates is right and we (Canadians) suck at fighting and we should leave Afghanistan right now.  Andy Canuck   Jan-16-08 01:40 PM   #6 
  - I need to add that the Canadians are fighting an incredibly difficult battle  Andy Canuck   Jan-16-08 05:06 PM   #10 
  - I believe most European contingents went into Afghanistan  Ghost Dog   Jan-16-08 01:54 PM   #7 
  - Pentagon Moves to Blunt Gates' Rebuke of NATO Allies  Eugene   Jan-16-08 04:43 PM   #8 
  - NATO tensions surface as Gates faults Afghan forces  cal04   Jan-16-08 05:00 PM   #9 
  - "I'm worried we have some military forces that don't know how to do counterinsurgency operations,"  JBoy   Jan-16-08 05:45 PM   #11 
     - I furget now. Was she winning their hearts, or minds in that pic ?  ConcernedCanuk   Jan-16-08 09:04 PM   #12 

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