UK troops to spend 10 years in Afghanistan

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by armchair_jihad, Sep 17, 2006.

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  1. So everyone gets a turn!

    THE commander of the British taskforce in southern Afghanistan said last week that UK troops could be in the country for as long as 10 years.

    In his first interview since arriving in Afghanistan, Brigadier Ed Butler said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt we will be here for a considerable time. There will need to be training teams and embedded officers for 10 years or so.”

    Butler, commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, took full responsibility for setting up the “platoon houses” at Sangin and Musa Qala, where 15 British soldiers have died. But he said the decision to send troops into the frontline bases, described by many of his men as “hellholes”, was made “under not inconsiderable pressure” from Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president.

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  2. 10 years? Thats a long tour? Whats the R&R package going to be like?
  3. This is getting all very one sided, as if the UK have autonomously decided that they will rule Afghanistan their way. "See world, look at the how Great UK do it". Does anyone in UK really give a sh1t about what happens to a load of goat herders hundreds of miles away! "Calculated risk", humbug, its not even worth one serviceman's life, We need them back in UK to protect our own very open borders, can't they see there is an invasion in progress! The only herding that should be taking place is off the white cliffs of Dover.
  4. Well done for volunteering Yes_Sir, thats my daily bounty quota met.

    Just think of the ten year tour as like the old days, you can marry locally, learn the lingo(ish) buy a much bigger house than you could in the UK (or even Europe) and your kids will get used to what the UK will be like when Global warming really takes hold. None of that dreadful moving around every two years either.
  5. Perfect. Now where do I report for OPTAG?
  6. Isn't it Always a bad Idea to let politicians dictate strategy?
  7. If Tony's desperately trying to beat Maggie's length of office in No 10 let's hope he's not trying to beat the Sovs for the Afghan endurance record too...
  8. We'll have servants and there will be pig-sticking on the lawn, tiger hunts at dawn and poetry classes where Rudyard Kipling will feature strongly, just as in the old days. The British Empire again, recreated by a Labour Government! Who would have believed it?