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Assessing Afghanistan

Should we have a parliamentary inquiry on Britain's failed war? A round-table debate

By Jay Elwes  

Prospect held a round-table discussion this morning on Britain’s war in Afghanistan. This month, Prospect’s cover story (£) sets out the questions that remain unanswered about the war and suggested that an inquiry should be held. This suggestion formed the basis of the morning’s discussion.

The judgement of the assembled group of senior diplomats, military personnel and politicians was withering. Sherard Cowper-Coles, the former British Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan described Britain’s activity in Afghanistan as “a massive collective mistake.” He went on to say that “many of us, including…

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