Gen Sir Richard Dannatt: We need more resources in Afghan

Gen Sir Richard Dannatt: 'We need more resources in Afghanistan'
General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the British Army, has called for more resources in Afghanistan after the Government admitted key staff shortages are undermining operations to protect troops from roadside bombs.

By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
Published: 10:00PM BST 18 Aug 2009

Sir Richard said that British forces cannot currently operate 24-hour surveillance even on the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan Photo: DEREK BLAIR
Amid mounting British casualties from Taliban improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the Ministry of Defence has revealed that it does not have enough of the specialist surveillance personnel required to monitor potential bomb attacks.
The MoD admitted that the shortage of staff is “of particular concern” to the Afghan mission. Commanders privately believe that recent fatalities could have been avoided if they had increased surveillance cover and that troops' lives are at greater risk without it.

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