From The Times November 7, 2009 [b]Armed Forces reputation is at risk in Afghanistan, MoD chiefs warn[/b] Michael Evans and Philip Webster The long-term future and reputation of Britainâs Armed Forces is at risk unless progress is made in Afghanistan, the two most senior officials at the Ministry of Defence warn in an internal document seen by The Times. The pronouncement by Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, the Chief of the Defence Staff, and Sir Bill Jeffrey, the Permanent Secretary, leaves no room for the possibility of early withdrawal from Afghanistan. âPlanning within Defence should be based on the assumption of a rolling three-year military commitment to Afghanistan, reviewed annually,â they say in a jointly signed document circulated as guidance to MoD staff preparing for next yearâs defence review. Their unequivocal statement of commitment appeared out of step with a more conditional speech on Afghanistan given by Gordon Brown yesterday. He was accused by the Opposition of sending out mixed messages and making empty threats after warning President Karzai, the Afghan leader, that he was not prepared to put the lives of soldiers âin harmâs wayâ for a government that did not stand up to corruption. More www.timesonline.co.uk/...07184.ece?