Ben Farmer, Kabul and James Kirkup
May 31, 2011
No more Western troops should be withdrawn from Afghanistan for at least another year, Britain’s senior commander in the country has told David Cameron.
Days after the Prime Minister announced the first reduction in British troop numbers, Lt Gen James Bucknall said talk of an early exit risked sending mixed messages that could encourage the Taliban.
Nato troop numbers should remain unchanged for two more summer “fighting seasons”, he said.
Lt Gen Bucknall warned that Helmand, where British troops are stationed, was likely to see some of the heaviest fighting in the coming months.
The comments come amid heated debate between generals and political leaders in London and Washington over how quickly Nato forces can leave Afghanistan.
This article was posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 3:52 am