Defence Secretary – why we are in Afghanistan
Following the loss of six soldiers in Afghanistan this week, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond writes about why we are in Afghanistan and what is being achieved there.
The brave men and women who defend this nation know they cannot do their job without being in harm’s way. It is what they are trained and equipped for. But nothing can truly prepare family and friends for the loss of a loved one.
Every death, every injury, reminds us of the human cost to service in the Armed Forces. The shocking loss of British lives this week – the worst for many years – understandably raises questions about the continued presence of UK forces in Afghanistan; about why we are there and what we are achieving.
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