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The conflict in Afghanistan has brought out some of the best in British foreign policy. Tony Blair was entirely right to send UK forces to help the United States in its retaliation for the attacks of 9/11. Those troops have fought with extraordinary courage in circumstances which rapidly became more dangerous than ministers had expected; one result is a priceless depth of experience of difficult live combat in the British army from the senior ranks down. The enthusiasm for helping Afghanistan attracted many to the cause of development, with good reason;…

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