[url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8171368.stm]Two more UK soldiers killed, bringing total to 191[/url]
Meanwhile, as the insurgency grows in strength, the British government makes a mockery of the upcoming phoney elections by trying to split the insurgents and build an unelected "coalition", promising power to those who want to lay down arms and establish "Islamic rule" in local and central government:
[UK foreign secretary David Miliband] said a viable political solution, alongside the military offensive, was essential to securing Afghanistan's future.
As part of this, Mr Miliband said current insurgents should be reintegrated into society and, in some cases, given a role in local and central government.
In doing so, he said a distinction should be drawn between "hard-line ideologues" and Jihaddist terrorists who must be fought and defeated from those who could be "drawn into a political process". [...]
Denying the approach marked a change of strategy, he added: "That means in the long term an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan - separating those who want Islamic rule locally from those committed to violent jihad globally - and giving them a sufficient role in local politics that they leave the path of confrontation with the government." [...]
For the Lib Dems, former leader Sir Menzies Campbell said Nato's evident lack of confidence in Afghan President Hamid Karzail could be a major stumbling block to reconciliation efforts.
"President Karzai shows no inclination for the kind of engagement with the Taliban that David Miliband envisages," he said.
"If Britain and America want to promote dialogue they will have to do it by working round Karzai and presenting him with a fait accompli."