Monday, August 16, 2021

Former Nato chief says UK must bolster terror defences after Afghan failure - BBC News

The UK must build its defences against an increased threat of terrorism due to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, a former Nato chief has said.



George Robertson, a former defence secretary, was head of Nato at the time of the 2001 invasion.

He told BBC Scotland he was "sad and sickened" by events in Afghanistan.

And he said the Taliban's return had attracted "a whole host of jihadists" from other countries - who could ultimately strike elsewhere.

The Islamist group says it wants a "peaceful transfer of power", and a spokesman told the BBC there would be no "revenge" on the people of Afghanistan.

With the UK parliament to be recalled on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said nobody wanted the country to become a "breeding ground for terror".... 

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