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UK military ‘made wrong calculations’ on Afghanistan

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BBC, 22 October 2014

The series of admission of grave mistakes in Afghanistan continues: after the US SIGAR called the US anti-narcotics strategy a failure and even the German chancellor expressed doubts whether the NATO training mission should end in 2016, the commander of the British troops in Helmand in 2006 admits – in a BBC documentary – troops were “overstretched”, “underprepared and under-resourced”.  Soldiers ran dangerously low on food, water and ammunition at times. The head of the UK army between 2006 and 2009 says: “There was a real danger that we would find that we couldn’t support our people, that we would find a platoon cut off and potentially massacred.”