Liam Fox flies to Afghanistan seeking to speed up withdrawal

From The Times
May 22, 2010
Liam Fox flies to Afghanistan seeking to speed up troop withdrawal

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Alice Thomson, Rachel Sylvester, Deborah Haynes
The Government hopes to speed up withdrawal of thousands of British troops from Afghanistan and has ruled out any move from Helmand province to neighbouring Kandahar.

In a significant shift from Labour’s foreign policy, Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, said that Britain was not a “global policeman” and emphasised that the mission in Afghanistan was about making British streets safer rather than sending Afghan girls to school.

His comments, in an interview with The Times, came as the Ministry of Defence announced yesterday that 8,000 British troops in southern Afghanistan would come under the control of the US, a change that underlines Britain’s diminished role in the region.
think every rational thinking person wants a speedier withdrawal from Afghanistan - but for the right reasons - speedier progress in the mission

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