US 'losing control' in Afghanistan

Bush-era official says Obama sending more troops before review was "a little backwards".

    Armitage says he was taken aback that Obama sent more troops before a policy review was completed

    Obama said in February he was deploying an extra 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to take on a resurgent Taliban.

    As part of the review on US policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan unveiled in March, he also said he was sending 4,000 US troops to train Afghan security forces.

    Obama's strategy also included proposals to counter persistent attacks by Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters across the border with Pakistan and additional development aid for both nations.

    The Pakistani government has also made a number of deals with fighters there in an attempt to head-off their growing strength.

    The US currently has about 38,000 troops in Afghanistan in addition to around 42,000 Nato troops.

    The Taliban-led campaign has steadily gained strength in recent years, with 2008 the deadliest year so far.

    Armitage left the Bush administration after he was re-elected president in November 2004.

    He announced his resignation the day after his superior, Colin Powell, Bush's secretary of state, quit.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.