We will not – and must not – forget about Afghanistan
The campaign in Libya will not hamper efforts to defeat the Taliban, says Liam Fox in The Telegraph today.
Last week, RAF Tornado jets flew 42 sorties, totalling 139 flying hours, while firing numerous Brimstone missiles at enemy forces. Our unmanned Reaper aerial vehicles flew 291 hours, and Sentinel surveillance aircraft 55 hours.
This was not the activity in Libya, but a typically busy week for our forces in Afghanistan. While events in North Africa may be grabbing the headlines, the Government’s main effort remains focused on the campaign against the Taliban. With more than 10,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed there – as well as hundreds of civilians – it could not be any other way.
Visiting the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment at their Trooping of the Colour in Cyprus last week, where they received their medals from the Afghanistan campaign, was another opportunity for me to thank our brave men and women in uniform.
Even since the start of our involvement in Libya, there has been no let-up. Operations have continued at a high rate in Helmand, and the handover between 16 Air Assault Brigade and 3 Commando Brigade has remained on track and on time.
To read The Rt Honourable Dr Liam Fox’s full article on The Telegraph online, click HERE or on the image above.