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Surge of forces launched last year to stabilise Afghanistan "high likely" to fail

Surge of forces launched last year to stabilise Afghanistan "high likely" to fail --Nato urged to allow partition of Afghanistan 13 Sep 2010 Afghanistan should be allowed to partition along ethnic lines by pulling back Nato forces and acknowledging that the Taliban will not be defeated in their heartland, a senior former American national security adviser has warned. Robert Blackwill, who was Condoleezza Rice's deputy as National Security Adviser in 2003 to 2004, will use a speech at the International Institute of Strategic Studies think tank in London on Monday to call on President Barack Obama to make drastic changes in the war's objectives. He told The Daily Telegraph that the surge of forces launched last year to stabilise Afghanistan was "high likely" to fail and that the death toll in the conflict was too high a price to pay.