Campaign against Terrorism: Strategy - Britain Ready to Send Troops but Old Spectres Still Haunt US
Cornwell, Rupert, The Independent (London, England)
OFFICIALLY, OF course, Britain and the US are at one on deploying troops in Afghanistan. But the protestations mask a clear difference of approach, reflecting both short-term goals and the two nations' longer- term experience of war.
In Downing Street, Mr Blair's spokesman insists there are no divisions between Washington and London over tactics, pointing out that some US elite troops were working with the 100-strong British special forces at Bagram airport, and the strong presence of British military personnel at the Tampa, Florida, headquarters of the US Central Command running the Afghan campaign.
But while the focus in London is on the deployment or non- deployment of the 6,000 British forces on standby in the region, next to nothing is heard in Washington about the almost equal number of US forces - 1,000- plus men trained in mountain warfare stationed in Uzbekistan, and 4,000 or more on US vessels in the Arabian Sea. All the emphasis is on the American special forces, their numbers now in the hundreds - fighting a hot war in the south.
For all Washington's public commitment to the post-war reconstruction of Afghanistan and the installation of a broadbased government, the top priority is another: the liquidation of the Taliban regime, the capture of Osama bin Laden and the destruction of al-Qa'ida. …
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Publication information: Article title: Campaign against Terrorism: Strategy - Britain Ready to Send Troops but Old Spectres Still Haunt US. Contributors: Cornwell, Rupert - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: November 2, 2001. Page number: 5. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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