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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:12 pm    Post subject: AP - Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory Reply with quote

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British troops pull out of troubled Afghanistan area

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KABUL -- British troops pulled out of a troubled southern Afghanistan district yesterday after reaching an agreement with tribal elders.

At the same time, fighting killed 44 suspected Taliban militants across the country, officials said.

NATO also announced it was launching a countrywide operation with Afghan forces to maintain pressure on the Taliban over the fall and winter.

Mark Laity, a NATO spokesman in Kabul, said the decision to withdraw the British troops from Helmand province's Musa Qala district follows an agreement with tribal elders and the provincial governor, and was supported by President Hamid Karzai.

"There has not been any contact with the Taliban, and they are not involved in this," Laity said.

He said the troops were leaving because it had been 35 days since the last major clash. They would leave Afghan security forces in charge.

Musa Qala has been one of the most volatile regions of Helmand, where about 4,000 British troops who deployed to the province met with stiffer-than-expected resistance from Taliban militants.


Note how the headline and lead paragraph set a negative tone, and the closing paragraph reinforces the same, for what is in reality a success for NATO.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another way to write essentially the same story, which is more neutral, I think.

Afghani security forces assume command of Helmand district

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KABUL -- British troops transferred control of the southern district to Afghanistan forces yesterday, after reaching an agreement with tribal elders.

Mark Laity, a NATO spokesman in Kabul, said the decision to withdraw the British troops from Helmand province's Musa Qala district follows an agreement with tribal elders and the provincial governor, and was supported by President Hamid Karzai.

"There has not been any contact with the Taliban, and they are not involved in this," Laity said.

He said the troops were leaving because it had been 35 days since the last major clash. They would leave Afghan security forces in charge.

Musa Qala had been one of the most volatile regions of Helmand, where about 4,000 British troops who deployed to the province initially met with stiffer-than-expected resistance from Taliban militants.

Officials also announced that fighting killed 44 suspected Taliban militants across the country.

NATO said it was launching a countrywide operation with Afghan forces to maintain pressure on the Taliban over the fall and winter.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The AP has never been known for fair and balance news reporting.
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