General Dannatt forces Afghanistan shopping list on Gordon

From Times Online
July 17, 2009

General Dannatt forces Afghanistan 'shopping list' on Gordon Brown

(Richard Pohle/The Times)
Downing Street said Gen Dannatt's recommendations would be looked at 'very seriously'
Michael Evans, Defence Editor, and Nico Hines
The head of the Army won a personal victory today when his “shopping list” of equipment and troop demands for Afghanistan were formally presented to Gordon Brown at Number 10.

His request for more helicopters, additional troops and extra spy-in-the-sky unmanned surveillance drones to seek out the Taleban was passed to the Prime Minister by Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, the Chief of the Defence Staff.

The involvement of Sir Jock and the decision to go direct to Number 10 highlighted the drama of a week in which General Dannatt has grabbed the headlines by making public his concerns about the campaign in Afghanistan during a visit to the troops in Helmand.

Underlining his support for General Dannatt, Sir Jock came out of the talks with Mr Brown and confirmed his and the army chief’s view that the deployment of more helicopters to Afghanistan would save lives
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