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Gaza's fallen fighters watch over uneasy truce » Kuwait Times Website

Gaza's fallen fighters watch over uneasy truce » Kuwait Times Website
The clouds of war may have parted over the Gaza Strip but Hani al-Qayed still stands watch over his family home, looking down from a gaudy portrait that honors his death in an Israeli air strike. The veteran Palestinian fighter, blown to pieces in 2006, lives on with thousands of his comrades on the martyrdom posters that line Gaza's dusty streets, an army of ghosts haunting the impoverished, war-battered territory. "His body was destroyed but his soul, his spirit, lives on," his black-veiled widow Tawhida
says. "The portraits are so that the people will remember him-not us, because we can never forget-but others.

Nato has to win in Afghanistan, the Taliban only needs not to lose - The National Newspaper

Nato has to win in Afghanistan, the Taliban only needs not to lose - The National Newspaper
The Taliban, in fact, is banking on the fundamental weaknesses of the Karzai regime and the security arrangements that keep it in place. As Henry Kissinger famously noted as the Vietnam war drew to a close, “the guerrilla wins if he does not lose; the conventional army loses if it does not win”. And there’s no indication for the foreseeable future of the Taliban losing or the Nato forces winning. The Taliban needn’t try to hold territory; it simply needs to consistently demonstrate the inability of the Nato and government forces to control most of the country, always aware of the finite appetite of foreign armies for costly and futile expeditionary ventures. The Taliban knows this.