General urges Britain to aid Afghanistan
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Tuesday 26 July 2011
The UK's military deployment in Afghanistan is not "the most important part of our contribution" and is only the "supporting element to wider governance and development operations" in the country, the head of Britain's military has stressed.
Writing in The Independent, General Sir David Richards says the end of combat operations in 2014 will not be the end of the UK commitment. "Alternative livelihoods and development assistance are as important," he says, adding that the Government must not wait until 2014 before pouring more aid into such things as diversifying agriculture from poppies to pomegranates and mining.
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