UK MINISTER MUST TAKE INITIATIVE AFTER AFGHAN ELECTION
SNP Westminster leader and Defence spokesperson Angus Robertson MP has repeated calls for a major rethink of UK strategy in Afghanistan as the British death toll in Afghanistan reached 200.
Mr Robertson, who visited forces on the frontline in Afghanistan earlier this year, said a serious review of strategy after the Afghan elections this month was now more necessary than ever.
Mr Robertson said:
“This is a desperately sad time for those who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan and, on behalf of the SNP, I would like to offer my deepest condolences.
“This tragic milestone throws into sharp relief the need for a serious review of our operations in Afghanistan to refocus out efforts and ensure that the right strategy is being pursued and is achievable.
“After almost eight years, our military personnel deserve a realistic and focussed approach from the UK government. Ministers must take the initiative after the Afghan elections this month to rethink our strategy and objectives reflecting the wider regional concerns.
“Earlier this year I saw at first hand the reality of the situation facing our brave forces, and now is the time for total candour on the human and material cost of the ongoing operations, its timescale and its chances for success.”
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