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In 2006 Gen. David Richards, a British officer who commands NATO's troops in Afghanistan said a majority of Afghans would switch their allegiance back to Taliban militants. If there lives didn't visibly improve, soon (1 ).
At the start of 2009 President Obama has vowed to remove the troops from Iraq within 16 months. He is also planning on doubling troop size in Afghanistan (2 ).
Critics of increased involvement in Afghanistan.
Former state department official Matthew Hoh said in 2009 about out involvement in Afghanistan "I fail to see the value or the worth in continued U.S. casualties or expenditures of resources in support of the Afghan government in what is, truly, a 35-year old civil war." (3 ).
Hoh was a Marine Captain and was posted in Afghanistan for implementing the counterinsurgency strategy, he also said in his letter of resignation "In the course of my five months of service in Afghanistan...I have lost understanding and confidence in the strategic purpose of the United States presence in Afghanistan....I have observed that the bulk of the insurgency fights are not for the white banner of the Taliban, but rather against the presence of foreign soldiers and taxes imposed by an unrepresentative government in Kabul." (4 ).
In October 2009 he resigned in protest over the American Governments policy in Afghanistan, he felt it "wasn't worth the fight." (5 ) .
Regardless Toward the close of 2009 President Obama approved a surge and hopeful withdrawal from Afghanistan (6 ).
Other problems are
To make sound military decisions commanders in the field need good, accurate, and complete information Allied Commanders in the field are being overwhelmed by contradictory intelligence and are unwilling to share information with other allies (7 ).
A report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the UN Security Council on UN activities in Afghanistan said the was reason for mid term optimism but "The government, security forces and population of Afghanistan, along with its international partners, face a critical test in 2009," but cautioned "Security has continued to deteriorate. The results of government and international aid efforts have fallen short of popular expectations as Afghans suffer the effects of drought and a global rise in food prices."(8 ).
Humans Rights Watch was critical of a report by the US military over airstrikes in Azizabad, Afghanistan in August 2008 . Reports by the United Nations, the government of Afghanistan, and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission concluded that 78 to 92 civilians had been killed. The military rejected these reports and claimed 5 to seven civilians hade been killed and 30 to 35 Taliban fighters had been killed (9 ).
Villagers in Afghanistan stacked the bodies of two dead children in front of a provincial council to protests the deaths in a Rocket attack. They believe the Canadian government is responsible for the deaths (10 ).