Afghanistan: 'Lives may be lost on both sides but it's better than amplifying problems', says former commander

Afghanistan: 'Lives may be lost on both sides but it's better than amplifying problems', says former commander

Donald Trump says the fight will continue in Afghanistan

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Continuing the fight in Afghanistan may cost lives on both sides but it's better than accepting defeat and amplifying the problem, according to a former British Forces commander

Donald Trump has announced that he is setting out a new strategy for Afghanistan and he will prolong America's intervention in the country. However, he has not revealed how many more troops will be deployed, how long they'll stay or what the objective is.

Former commander of the British Forces in Afghanistan Colonel Richard Kemp told Sam Delaney: "I think one thing that we can be pretty clear on is that [Trump] has a pretty much universally respected national security team working with him, so he is right to listen to them.

Colonel Kemp believes that in terms of British forces joining the fight, "the way we should look at it is that [previously] we allowed the Islamic State to grow and to flourish without annihilating them, they’re now being gradually taken to pieces."

"If we allow the Taliban and Islamic State to flourish in Afghanistan we’re going to see an amplification of the problem.”

He added that keeping up the fight "may cost lives on both sides but I think that’s a far more robust policy than simply to accept defeat by them."

Kemp doesn't think "we have bred this generation of Muslim extremists who want to attack us" and whilst the war in Afghanistan might cause some people to carry out attacks I don’t think it’s going to be as problematic than if we just allow them to flourish and inspire people.”

Listen to the full interview above

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