The rash of Taliban assaults on a former British military base and attacks in Kabul should not be a reason for “talking up the number of attacks” in Afghanistan, the former head of the British Army says.
“The security situation is an important element in this, but don’t let’s fall into the trap of playing the Taliban’s game and talking up the number of attacks,” General Lord Dannatt said to BBC Radio 4’s World At One program.
His comments come as the last NATO troops prepare to withdraw after a 13-year military engagement. From 2001 to 2014, 453 British lives were lost in the conflict. Now, Taliban attacks are intensifying as the US-led coalition prepares to withdraw.