So Panther’s Claw is over and we have won the Battle. The Commander of UK forces in Afghanistan has hailed their latest operation a success, as its first stage draws to a close.
Brig Tim Radford was “cautiously optimistic” about the future but said there was “a long way to go” to improve security in time for elections.
But have we won a Victory in terms of the War or just a little battle, a battle that has cost 20 British Dead, many wounded and who knows what toll on the civilians in the area. Remember this is an area the size of the Isle of Wight which is about 12 mile by 12 miles, hardly an impressive size . We now have to retain the borders of this area and ensure that the civilians can continue to live without interference for the foreseeable future and not just until the elections are over in August.
Until we win the battle for “Hearts and Minds” we will never win the Victory we all desire.