Britain 'should commit more troops to Afghanistan', says Former Armed Forces Chief
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Britain should commit more troops to help stabilise Afghanistan and be prepared to remain in the country for many more years, a former Head of the British Armed Forces has said.
Speaking to Sky News, General Lord Richards said the United Kingdom should assist the United States to tackle the Taliban in the form of air and logistical support. He said:
"I think we should be much more involved in the support role"
"The sort of things that the Americans are asking of us, we should be prepared to step up to the mark on.
"I think it's time to just remember that the Afghan people have fought a war on our behalf, to prevent terrorism from striking us, with us, and we owe them something in return and not give up just because it's not going very well."
Lord Richards, who was also the senior NATO commander in Afghanistan between 2006 and 2008, said the UK could offer air and logistical support to its American partners.
“Do you agree with Lord Richards. Do you think we should commit more troops?”
The United States and Britain first invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks. Seventeen years later around 600 British troops still remain in Afghanistan, most in a training role. Last year President Trump sent another 3,000 US troops to Afghanistan and a further 1,000 are expected to join them this year.