US 'war on terror' backfiring, says thinktank

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The US "war on terror" has backfired, strengthening extremists in Afghanistan and Somalia and turning them into legitimate political actors in the eyes of their local populations, the Senlis Council said today. They have strongly criticised US policy in Afghanistan in the past, are particularly scathing of the Bush administration's "abject policy failures" in Somalia. The lack of strategic acumen is in fact enabling the insurg

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