National Security

March 9, 2009

Russian advice: More troops won't help in Afghanistan

As the Soviet ambassador to Afghanistan from 1979 to 1986, Fikryat Tabeyev saw the number of Soviet troops there rise to more than 100,000, without any possibility of victory against a growing insurgency. Now with President Obama ordering in 17,000 more U.S. troops, former Soviet envoys and generals are warning it would be a mistake to ignore a decade of their experience there.

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