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A culture of silence

Prospect asks senior military, diplomatic and political figures: should there be an Afghanistan inquiry?

By Prospect Team   October 2013

Last month Prospect made the case for an inquiry into the UK’s role in Afghanistan. We then held a discussion with military, political and diplomatic figures, some of whom played a central part. There were strong voices for and against an inquiry. But key questions clearly remain unanswered: about the decision to go into Helmand, relations with the US, and the Whitehall culture of never delivering bad news.

Prospect has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the Afghan war, Britain’s longest (13 years by the time troops come out next…

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