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The U.S. and it's NATO allies have found that they are facing many of the same problems that foiled earlier British and Soviet forces in this region:

• A strongly nationalistic populace that resents former domination and is willing to fight for protracted periods to defend its sovereignty.
• An amorphous resistance network that is difficult to attack and dismember. Resistance units are capable of operating without continuous supply and communication lines.
• Low-intensity combat in which the opposition uses asymmetrical warfare techniques to counter the superior technology and firepower of the U.S. and its allies.
• An extremely difficult environment and geography in which the operation of modern combat forces is difficult and expensive.
• Difficulties in recruiting and training reliable local allies to fight against the insurgents.
• The enemy’s demonstrated superior ability at winning over the support of locals, in this case, largely through the influence of madrassas.

There is nothing to indicate that NATO forces have a plan or strategy that can address any of these problems. Therefore, NATO’s best option is to withdraw from Afghanistan. The “war on terror” also cannot be won in Afghanistan as the al-Qaeda network and its leadership is mobile, cross-border and lacks geographical centralization.

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