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US troops are dying in a foreign civil war

Posted by terres on October 27, 2009

As 14 more US personnel are killed in 3 helicopter crashes, AND another 8 troops lose their lives in southern Afghanistan, senior U.S. official resigns over ‘pointless war’

‘US troops are dying for what is essentially a foreign civil war’

Matthew Hoh, a former Marine Corps captain and the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province resigns.

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“I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan,” Matthew Hoh wrote in his resignation letter. Photo: Gerald Martineau / The Washington Post. Image may be subject to copyright.

Hoh, 36, is the first U.S. official to publicly resign in protest over the Afghan war, which he had come to believe fueled the civil war in Afghanistan.

“I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan,” he wrote in his resignation letter. “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.”

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