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Where things went wrong for the Brits

Helmand: Anatomy of a Disaster - By Stephen Grey | The AfPak Channel:
The forgotten conclusion from their early defeats in the Afghan wars drawn by a few wise minds in the British Empire administration was that, in a complex cultural environment like Afghanistan, about which they had to admit they knew very little, sometimes "masterful inactivity" was a better option than gallantly intervening and making things worse.


Good article on the problems the UK forces faced at home and in Helmand province. RTWT.
(Blackfive)