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PublishDate: Sunday, March 8, 2009 09:14

The situation in Afghanistan is complex

US President Barack Obama has said the US is not winning in Afghanistan, saying it is more complex than Iraq.
In an interview with the New York Times, he said reaching out to the Taleban could be an option, in the same way outreach had worked in Iraq.
However, the "fierce independence among tribes" in Afghanistan presented different challenges, he said.
A month into his presidency, Mr Obama authorised the deployment of up to 17,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan.
Asked if the US was winning in Afghanistan, Mr Obama replied: "No."
Mr Obama and his advisors are reviewing the US strategy on Afghanistan, and have looked at what has worked in Iraq.
"There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and in the Pakistani region," he said on board Air Force One.
However, Afghanistan could be a different situation.
"The situation in Afghanistan is, if anything, more complex," he told the newspaper.
You have a less governed region, a history of fierce independence among tribes.
"Those tribes are multiple and sometimes operate at cross purposes, and so figuring all that out is going to be much more of a challenge."

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