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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 11:10 AM
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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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