There is no need for a Chilcott-style investigation into the Afghanistan campaign, says the military chief.


Sir Nick Carter's comment came after a request for a public inquiry into the campaign

Sir Nick Carter’s comment came after a request for a public inquiry into the campaign

The UK does not need to carry out a complete Chilcott-style inquiry. That Afghanistan mission The campaign was a just war, so the army chief said.

General Nick Carter said the 20-year intervention did not face the same controversy as the Iraq War and did not require the same kind of long and costly inquiry.

The chief of defense staff also said that while the Taliban won the propaganda war following the withdrawal of US and NATO troops, the rebels Overstretched by their recent interests.. He predicted that if the Afghan government remained united, it could retain the country’s major cities against militants.

Sir Nick’s comment came after a request for a public inquiry into a campaign that cost billions of pounds and killed 457 British, sailors and airmen.

Sir John Silcot 7 years inquiries Hear from 150 witnesses and write thousands of documents in investigating Tony Blair’s decision to go to war in Iraq, whether the army is ready, and how the aftermath was dealt with. saw.

His 12-volume report declared that it ended “a very long way from success”, torn by the plans, preparations, and resources of a military operation that killed 179 people.

Earlier this month, former Chief of Staff Sir Danat said that the British Army is now Depart Afghanistan “We need to start an actual audit and start a public inquiry along Silcot’s line to Iraq.”

Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons Defense Commission, also called for “a Chilcott-style investigation so that we can learn what went wrong.”

But Sir Nick told The Telegraph: “We need to remember why we did Chilcott’s investigation, as I remember, because some big questions were raised about the legitimacy of the war in Iraq. Of the war in Afghanistan. True legitimacy. “

He said military operations were backed by a UN Security Council resolution, and NATO members invoked the alliance’s mutual defense agreement after the 9/11 attack.

“It’s very clear why the international community went to Afghanistan and did it, and no one doubts it,” he said. “So I think we need to take into account why we might do a public investigation, and I don’t think anyone criticizes the decision that people are involved in Afghanistan. “

Sir Nick said, “There were many good lessons we could learn from how the campaign was conducted, but I’m not sure if it should be done as a public survey. It probably needs to be a very expensive survey. Rather, I think it should be done. It is a wise and transparent movement within the government. “

In the two months since then, the Taliban have wiped out the Afghan government from dozens of rural areas. Joe Biden announces the end of his military withdrawal.. Sir Nick, who has worked in the country for a total of nearly three years, said the militants had grown excessively and the Afghan army had merged.

“If Kabul can stand together, supply the Afghan army, and maintain it to maintain its major state capital, I don’t think it’s an effort by Ragtag and Bobterre. The Taliban rebellion has its effect. Is likely to be achieved. “

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