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Gorbachev: Take It From Me, Leave Afghanistan

'No prospect' for military victory, says former Soviet president
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2009 5:01 PM CST
Gorbachev: Take It From Me, Leave Afghanistan
Vladimir Kotenev, Mikhail Gorbachev and his daughter Irina Virganskaya attend the MTV Europe Music Awards Free Your Mind Award presentation on November 8, 2009, in Berlin.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Mikhail Gorbachev—the man who pulled the Soviet Union's troops out of Afghanistan after a decade of stalemate—says the US should do the same. "There is no prospect of a military solution," he tells Bloomberg. The nation is too fragmented among clans, dooming even a troop surge to failure, he says. “They should be preparing the ground for withdrawal rather than additional troops.”
(Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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