Afghan War Could Last 40 Years: UK General

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2009 3:14 PM CDT
British troops go on patrol while clearing compounds during Operation Panther's Claw in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Monday July 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Sergeant Dan Harmer, Royal Logistic Corps, MOD, ho)
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(Newser) – The Afghan war could last three to four decades, the new head of the British Army predicted today. “It will take time. This is nation building,” Sir David Richards said, “not the starry-eyed type, but nation-building nonetheless.” He allowed, however, that “the Army’s role might evolve” over the 30-40 years he expects the West's mission to last. "There is no absolutely no chance of NATO pulling out."