Telegraph article: Nato chief makes Afghanistan terror plea Quote: "Nato's Secretary General pleaded with the allianceâs European countries yesterday to allow their forces to fight in the war zones of Afghanistan, warning if they did not then terrorism âwould be at our doorstepâ. Unless nations including France, Germany, Italy and Spain agreed to drop the many caveats that prevent their combat troops from fighting in the most perilous areas, Afghanistan would again become âa black hole for terrorismâ, warned Jaap de Hoop Scheffer." Later on the reporter writes: "Even British paratroopers involved in some desperate fighting in northern Helmand province would have welcomed French or Italian reinforcements during the summer. Instead commanders had to form infantry companies from military policemen, engineers, Royal Artillery and âbottle washersâ to keep the insurgents at bay." I'm not sure how the Royal Regiment and our oldest Corps would feel about being lumped in with bottle-washers, whomever they may be, or how they might react to the suggestion that French or Italian troops might have been superior. The overall point of the article is nothing particularly new, see this thread: Canada: Are German troops worth more than Canadians?, but at least it is being taken seriously at NATO HQ.