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Support crucial to Afghan success

Support 'crucial' to Afghan success
Maintaining public support is "crucially important" to the success of the international military mission in Afghanistan, the senior British commander in the country has warned.

Lieutenant General Jim Dutton, the deputy commander of the international forces in Afghanistan, said people needed to understand that British troops were not being sacrificed simply for the sake of the government of President Hamid Karzai.

"British soldiers are not dying simply to provide an electoral opportunity for Afghans," he said in an interview with the BBC1 Politics Show to be broadcast later on Sunday.