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MPs' responses the past and future of the British war in Afghanistan

By Prospect Team   September 2013

Gisela Stuart MP (Lab). Foreign Affairs Committee, 2001-2010. Member, Defence Select Committee

On my first visit to Afghanistan in 2004 there were no bullet proof jackets, or special protection. Later visits saw tighter security and by 2009 we completed “proof of life” forms in case of kidnap. And yet we said “things are getting better.” Al Qaeda and the Taliban were on the run, there was less poppy production, free elections, more girls at school, an Afghan Army and police force. Were we right? In his 1999 Chicago Speech, Tony Blair explained why we intervene in countries like Afghanistan. The…

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