‘We will not let them fail,’ says British commander, before local troops take lead role in fighting Taliban insurgency British commanders have warned that the war against the Taliban is entering its most critical phase as Afghanistan’s security forces prepare to fight the insurgency on their own for the first time without Nato troops alongside them on the frontline. President Hamid Karzai is expected to announce that the Afghan army and police will shortly take the lead in combat operations across the whole of Afghanistan, and senior officers interviewed by the Guardian said the next six months – known as the “fighting season” – would show if the bold strategy had paid off
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Make or break time for Afghan forces as Nato prepares to take step back
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox and Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards have responded to today’s publication of the House of Commons Defence Committee’s report into the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and the National Security Strategy (NSS).
Dr Liam Fox responds to Defence Committee report on SDSR
The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has announced that the National Security Council has decided to expand the diplomatic team already in Benghazi, led by Christopher Prentice, to include an additional military liaison advisory team.
UK military liaison advisory team to be sent to Libya
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox and Foreign Secretary William Hague are currently visiting Australia accompanied by Sir Peter Ricketts, the National Security Adviser, and General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff.
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Defence Secretary visits Australia