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Tea ‘is key weapon’ against Taliban

April 14, 2011

Drinking chai – tea is a key weapon in the fight against the insurgency in Afghanistan, a senior Army officer has said.

Major Nick Wight-Boycott has spent much of the past six months building relationships with the Afghan police and local people. The commanding officer of Delta Company, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS), believes his social visits have paid off.

Major Nick Wight-Boycott talks to an ANP commander. Picture: PA

The police used to be ill-disciplined but the major says they are now an effective force against the Taliban. The locals used to complain of corruption but now they come forward with information about IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) and the insurgency.

Major Nick, as he is known to the Afghans, has been in charge of training and mentoring the police along a 40km stretch of road known as route 601, which runs north east of Lashkar Gah.

To read the rest of Major Nick’s story, click on this link to the Press Association website, or on the image above.

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