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Lost in Helmand

The mother of a dead officer relates how hard it is to handle death—for soldiers too

By Margaret Evison   January 2013

Mark Evison in Afghanistan (photo: Biteback Publishing & The Robson Press)

As British soldiers continue to die in Afghanistan, arguments are intensifying about whether they should stay until 2014, as stated, and whether further deaths before that exit will have been justified by any gains. Paddy Ashdown, Liberal Democrat peer and former special forces officer, wrote in November that “The only rational policy now is to leave quickly, in good order and in the company of our allies.” The strategy was “divided, cacophonous, chaotic,” he said, and the mission…

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