Britain: Afghan forces will need help for years
A senior British military official suggested on Saturday that Afghanistan will need support from the United Kingdom through NATO-led forces for three to five more years, beyond the planned withdrawal date of British troops at the end of 2014.
Afghanistan's army needs work on coordinating close air support, casualty evacuation and logistics support, the official, who declined to be identified in accordance with government policy, told reporters in the Afghan province of Helmand.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to withdraw all combat forces by the end of next year.
NATO handed over security control to Afghan forces on June 18. The U.K. has committed to help run Afghanistan's Officer Academy and provide financial support to Afghan forces. British troop numbers in the country have been cut to 7,900 as of the end of May from 9,000 at the beginning of 2013.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament
- Libyan troops seek to retake Benghazi
- American baby killed, 8 hurt as car plows into crowd at Jerusalem train station
- Iraqi Kurds to send fighters to aid Kobani
- 10 hurt in bombing at Cairo University
- Nasal cells help paralyzed man make history by walking
- U.S. losing drug war in Afghanistan despite $7.6B eradication effort, inspector general reports
- ISIS claims it grabs U.S. military ware
- Abbas seems desperate in round of belligerent rhetoric
- Saudi court sentences Shiite cleric al-Nimr to death
- Putin, EU leaders to meet amid strain