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‘How can you argue against an Afghan War enquiry?’

By Jay Elwes  

Prospect held a round table discussion on Tuesday morning on Britain’s war in Afghanistan. This follows on from this month’s cover story (link to cover feature) which sets out the unanswered questions about the war and suggested that an inquiry should be held. This suggestion formed the basis of the 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 me, around this table…

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