- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
Over at Jihadology, FP contributor Aaron Y. Zelin posts a translation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s "Quick Glance at 2012 Jih?d? Achievements (Part 1)". They are in a boastful mood:
To sum up 2012 in one sentence it would be ‘The beginning of the invaders scamper’. Thirty thousand American troops fled from the heated battle fields this year and on top of this, France brought its combat mission to an end and withdrew all its forces the same way they had come; Belgium began its retreat on 7th of August by withdrawing 230 troops; New Zealand followed suit and declared early withdrawal after attacks on its troops in Bamiyan and the Prime Minister of Britain also jumped on the retreat bandwagon be announcing early withdrawal of its troops from Helmand province during a visit to Afghanistan.
There’s also some historical perspective:
When America faced utter destruction in Vietnam, they came up with the formula ‘declare victory and run’ and want to utilize the formula of ‘transfer security and run’ here in Afghanistan