Britian's defence secretary has said that the presence of UK troops in Afghanistan has energized the Taleban. The same goes for US and Canadian troops of course.
In a strongly tribal country, the mere presence of foreign troops can cause the previously bad guys to become heroes and defenders.
This should put to rest the neo-con pipe dream that invading and bombing countries for "peace", "democracy" and "freedom" works ...
Thirteen years after invading Iraq, and 10 years after I the above post, we have chaos in Iraq. The so called Islamic State just killed over 165 people in Baghdad, bombed Median (near the Prophet's mosque), and much more. Islamic State would not have existed if Iraq and Afghanistan were not invaded.
Listen to Kadhim, an Iraqi who started toppling Saddam's statue in a famous media moment seen across the world. He says Saddam was bad, but there was order, and Tony Blair and George W Bush are criminals.