Afghanistan: we must reach out to insurgents, says defence secretary – video

Philip Hammond says that as British troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Nato allies must embrace insurgents who renounce violence

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Afghanistan: we must reach out to insurgents, says defence secretary – video

Afghanistan’s future after Nato troops leave uncertain, admits Hammond

Afghans will determine their own fate, says defence secretary, as MPs warns country could descend into civil war within years The defence secretary has admitted that no one can predict what will happen to Afghanistan after British, US and other Nato troops end their frontline role there at the end of 2014, and stressed that only the Afghan people can find a lasting solution to the country’s violence, corruption and lawlessness. Philip Hammond’s remarks came as the Commons cross-party defence committee warned that Afghanistan could descend into civil war within a few years and suggests that the British government’s attitude towards the country is one of simply hoping for the best. Hammond told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the UK had intervened in Afghanistan to protect its national security and had never intended to stay for a protracted period

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Afghanistan’s future after Nato troops leave uncertain, admits Hammond