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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Brit SEC DEF criticises Barack Obama over Afghanistan - Telegraph

Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, has blamed Barack Obama and the United States for the decline in British public support for the war in Afghanistan.

Defence Minister Bob Ainsworth: Ministry of Defence equipment programme led to excess costs and long delays
The Defence Secretary's blunt remarks about the US threaten to strain further a transatlantic relationship Photo: REUTERS

Mr Ainsworth took the unprecedented step of publicly criticising the US President and his delays in sending more troops to bolster the mission against the Taliban.

A “period of hiatus” in Washington - and a lack of clear direction - had made it harder for ministers to persuade the British public to go on backing the Afghan mission in the face of a rising death toll, he said. More...

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