British to stay in command in Helmond

From The Sunday Times
January 18, 2009
British Afghan command

WE HAVE no intention of sidelining the British general due to take command of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in southern Afghanistan in November (US will grab power from British in Afghanistan, News, last week).

British forces have acquitted themselves exceptionally well in this theatre of operations; I have no plans for by-passing one of our most trusted partners in the mission.

The chain of command will remain as it is now. I will give my orders to the British general in command and he will give his orders to deputies, one of whom will be Brigadier-General John Nicholson.

There will be no parallel command structures, as you suggested. It will be the responsibility of the British general to oversee the integration of any extra forces into southern Afghanistan, as endorsed by the incoming US administration and Nato.
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