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Afghanistan: what are we fighting for?

Britain's new chief of staff David Richards speaks frankly about our failures in Afghanistan, the future of the military and Britain’s place in the world

By Prospect   July 2010

David Richards (right) with his troops in Afghanistan in 2006: “I’m the first to be critical of the mistakes we have made”

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General Sir David Richards became chief of the general staff of the British army in 2009, having been commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan (May 2006-February 2007). A graduate in international relations from University College Cardiff, he has served in Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone. He is one of the favourites to become the next chief of defence staff

Michael Clarke is director of the Royal United Services Institute, winner of Prospect’s 2008 think tank…

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