Well, this should be a big morale boost to our brave troops over there:
The most senior British military commander in Afghanistan today described the situation in the country as "close to anarchy" with feuding foreign agencies and unethical private security companies compounding problems caused by local corruption.
The stark warning came from Lieutenant General David Richards, head of Nato's international security force in Afghanistan, who warned that western forces there were short of equipment and were "running out of time" if they were going to meet the expectations of the Afghan people.
So ... is anything going well? Ah, yes, here we are:
The government admits that Helmand province is about to produce a bumper poppy crop and is now probably the biggest single source of heroin in the world.
Excellent. So they still might be killed in a spontaneous firefight or assassinated by local warlords but look on the bright side -- you'll probably never get a better deal on some high-grade smack.