General Sir David Richards, head of the British Army, said Sunday Britain and its allies will not defeat the Taliban and should soon open peace talks with insurgents in Afghanistan. He said he believed the time had come for negotiations with Nato’s enemies to pave the way for eventual withdrawal of troops. “There’s always been a point at which you start to negotiate with each other,” Gen Sir David said.
Continue reading Telegraph: Britain will not defeat Taliban and should open talks, says head of Army
Among McChrystal’s staff, described by Rolling Stone as consisting of a “handpicked collection of killers, spies, geniuses, patriots, political operators and outright maniacs”, is a former head of Britain’s special forces.
Continue reading Guardian: Ex-SAS man recruited to General Stanley McChrystal’s team likely to leave with him
Six Western troops, including two Americans, were killed Monday in a helicopter crash and a pair of bombings in Afghanistan’s volatile south.
Continue reading LA Times: Helicopter crash, bombings kill 6 Western troops in Afghanistan
A roadside bombing killed two U.S. service members in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday pushing the death toll among American troops so far this month to 30.
Continue reading AP: 2 US service members killed in Afghanistan