Ministers being dishonest

John A Silkstone

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Ministers accused of 'dishonesty' on Afghanistan

A former SAS commander has accused the Government of failing to be honest to the military or the public about resources for British troops in Afghanistan.

Retired Brigadier Aldwin Wight claimed ministers saw their role "as actually to spin this issue rather than be honest about it". "I just don't think they're being honest. I don't think they're being honest with themselves, with the Armed Forces or with the public."

Meanwhile, the 19th British serviceman to be killed in Afghanistan this month has been named as Guardsman Christopher King.

The soldier, from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was attached to 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. He died in an explosion on Wednesday morning while on patrol in the Nad e Ali district of central Helmand province.

Colleagues paid tribute to a "fearless soldier and ever-cheerful friend" while his parents described him as a "tremendous son."
 

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