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Posted by Richard Wednesday, July 16, 2008

click here to go to the blogIf the Army is winning the shooting war in Afghanistan – and it tells us it is – the same cannot be said of the battle to reconstruct this war-torn country. A report in The Times on Musa Qala give some uncomfortable details and makes an interesting contrast with an earlier report on the MoD website.

The MoD report, published three months after the successful military operation to re-take the town from the Taleban paints an unashamedly optimistic picture of the reconstruction process. It tells us that the process of returning the town to a bustling centre of commerce is well underway. The Times tells a rather different story.

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