2011
07.09

After ten years’ fighting, the news we are talking to the Taliban to try to end the Afghan conflict drew a mixture of relief, anger and confusion yesterday.

The Sun
Published: 24 Jun 2011
From Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor, in Kabul – and Martin Phillips

Foreign Secretary William Hague told The Sun that Britain is in peace negotiations with the enemy to halt a war which has cost the lives of more than 370 of our servicemen and women.

The controversial move was welcomed by military experts, diplomats and the families of our soldiers in the war zone.

A global poll for the BBC World Service released yesterday found negotiating with the Taliban is the public’s preferred strategy for ending the conflict.

Yet the idea was hard to swallow for the families of our boys and girls who have already lost their lives in the battles with al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

SUN security adviser and ex-SAS hero Andy McNab said:

“I think it is the right thing to do.

A resolution to the situation was never going to be achieved militarily. It was always going to have to be a political solution.

The history of counter-insurgency operations shows they always end up with you sitting down and talking with the enemy.

What the families of our servicemen should realise is the only way we have got this far is because of the sacrifices and efforts of their sons and daughters.

Without that, war would have dragged on with more lives lost.”