Berlin: A leading Dutch NATO advisor on Friday acknowledged that the western military pact had lost the war in Afghanistan, according to a report published by the daily Stuttgarter Nachrichten.
‘The war has been lost by the western alliance…,’ said the head of the Hague-based Center for Strategic Studies, Rob de Wijk.
He added NATO was merely looking for a reason to declare itself a winner of the Afghan war.
Western political and military leaders have repeatedly admitted the Afghan war could no longer be won.
In other related news, most Germans support an early troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a survey released by the German public broadcasting
Some 57 percent of those questioned said German soldiers should pull out of the
war-stricken country ahead of the planned withdrawal date of late 2014.
Germany has deployed around 5,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of the controversial NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Dozens of German soldiers have reportedly been killed and hundreds more injured
in Afghanistan since the start of the western war in that country in late 2001.
Most Germans remain deeply opposed to the Afghan military campaign.(KMW NEWS)