Afghanistan 1: Scharfe Kritik am Rückzug

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II Squadron RAF Camp Bastion Afghanistan, RAF Merlin Helicopter.

 

Der stets präzise britische Dienst “Forces” meldet:

Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat has criticised the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Reports suggest the last of British Soldiers will leave the region within the next few days.

Mr Tugendhat, who is currently the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, served as part of the Territorial Army and was based in Afghanistan for four years.

He said:

“What we are demonstrating very publicly very clearly to many different adversaries, and indeed sadly to allies, is that the US and her allies won’t stay.

“if you don’t have the ability to persist, you can forget about influencing others, nobody will care what you think if you aren’t there tomorrow.”

Speaking of the number of troops left in Afghanistan at the time the decision to withdraw was made, he said there were 10,000 troops, two and a half thousand of them were Americans and fewer than one thousand British.

“These are proportionately very small numbers.

“We have more soldiers than that on operation in places like Cyprus. The Americans have more soldiers than that guarding their Capital, in their own country.

“These are very very small numbers of soldiers and if the decision is that you can’t even endure that, then you can forget about influencing people over different parts of the world where the challenge may be greater.

“What you are doing by withdrawing is encouraging enemies and dissuading allies.

“That is dangerous.”

On a final note, the Conservative MP also said that he believes the British Army had “been stripped down too far to maintain these kind of operations alongside the others that it is doing”.

He added that this means the UK has “decided to withdraw from Global Britain and decided not to operate in such a way”.

Reports are suggesting that more than 200 Black Watch soldiers will fly home over the next couple of days, ending the UK’s 20-year deployment.

This will coincide with the American Forces withdrawal, who brought forward their withdrawal date to mark US Independence Day.