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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 07:54 AM
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The Afghanistan mess gets messier

from the WaPo:



By Joshua Partlow, Published: September 1 | Updated: Saturday, September 3, 10:23 PM


KABUL At least one in seven Afghan soldiers walked off the job during the first six months of this year, according to statistics compiled by NATO that show an increase in desertion.

Between January and June, more than 24,000 soldiers walked off the job, more than twice as many as in the same period last year, according to the NATO statistics. In June alone, more than 5,000 soldiers deserted, nearly 3 percent of the 170,000-strong force.

Some Afghan officials say the figures point to the vulnerability of a long-standing Afghan policy that prohibits punishment of deserters. The rule, issued under a decree by President Hamid Karzai, was aimed to encourage recruiting and allow for some flexibility during harvest time, when the number of desertions spikes.

I am personally in favor of removing that amnesty, said Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the chief of staff of the Afghan army. We cannot turn a blind eye on the individuals who are doing something wrong. ............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/more-a...



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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:34 AM
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:35 AM
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2. What if they gave a war and nobody came? At a certain point in the
slide toward messiness, any further messy tends to start cleaning things up. I think physicists call this the 4th Law of Thermodynamics :)
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:40 AM
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:48 AM
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4. how shocking the citizenry doesn't want to be a part of their own brutal occupation...
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 08:48 AM by KG
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:37 AM
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5. ..but its the GOOD WAR!
Those ungrateful Afghans.
Always criticizing!
Don't they have anything positive to say about our Freedom Bombs?

:puke:



You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their excuses.

Solidarity!
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