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10|14|08: Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan is not going well. But don't take our word for it. "We're not going to win this war," rues Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith, Britain's top commander in Afghanistan. The current strategy is "doomed to fail," says the British ambassador Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles. The latest U.S. National Intelligence Estimate notes that the country is in a "downward spiral." Since May, some 180 coalition troops have died in Afghanistan, compared with 120 in Iraq. On Oct. 14, four more NATO soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.

Both Barack Obama and John McCain want to increase the 33,000-person U.S. military...

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