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23/11/01
US Troops Go In, British Troops Stay Out
- Afghanistan more clearly than ever an American war

THE ARRIVAL of hundreds of American troops in Afghanistan throws into relief the nature of the so-called multi-national force that is waging war against the Taliban regime.

Despite the fig-leaf presence of a handful of soldiers from other countries, mostly the UK, the international force is in all essentials an American one, and it is clear that is how US President George Bush wants to keep it.

Bush is likely to send at least 2,000 troops into southern Afghanistan in an effort to finish the job started by the Northern Alliance, but has made sure the likes of the UK will not join the anti-Taliban front on the ground.

Britain was due to send 6,000 troops into the war-torn country last week, but today soldiers previously put on 48-hour stand-by will be returned to the normal 14 day notice.

Former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook put a brave face on the snub by saying: "I think we should welcome the fact their presence has not been needed in Afghanistan."




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