Afghan general: Politics needed to help end war

Associated Press - October 5, 2008 9:43 AM ET

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's minister of defense says political and economic solutions are needed alongside military might to help end the fighting in Afghanistan.

The general (Abdul Rahim Wardak) says the idea that Afghanistan has to find political solutions to end the fighting has long been endorsed by President Hamid Karzai.

The comments echo those from a senior British commander, who was quoted today saying that decisive military victory is impossible and that the Taliban may well be part of a long-term solution.

The Sunday Times quoted the British general as saying that "we're not going to win this war." The general says the West needs to reduce the insurgency to a "manageable level" that's not a threat to the West.

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