Liam Fox has written to Bob Ainsworth, Labour’s Defence Secretary, to ask for clarification on the mission of British troops in Helmand.
In the letter, Liam, the Shadow Defence Secretary, asks Mr. Ainsworth when the British mission in Afghanistan will shift away from frontline combat.
He wrote, “In light of what you said yesterday on the Andrew Marr show, that British troops will eventually begin undertaking a training and mentoring role to the Afghan National Army, and on top of the several enquires made by my team and me regarding the future role of British forces as mentioned in the Prime Minister's statement on 29 April, could you now use this opportunity to expand on your comments and those of the Prime Minster.”
Liam also asked Mr. Ainsworth:
- How many members of the Armed Forces are trained to drive Mastiff and Ridgback vehicles as of 17 August 2009?
- How long does it take to train a driver for each?
- Is the training for Ridgback shorter for those who have already been qualified to drive Mastiffs?