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British defence experts fear for post-Nato Afghanistan

Published on Jan 6, 2014 8:40 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Former British defence chiefs warned on Monday that parts of southern Afghanistan could fall to the Taleban when British troops leave this year, despite Prime Minister David Cameron recently saying they had accomplished their mission.

Former commander of the elite Special Air Service Richard Williams told the Times that there was already evidence of growing collaboration between Taleban insurgents and Afghan soldiers and politicians in the Helmand Province.

"I will be very surprised if the future governor of not very closely connected to those who we call the Taleban," he told the paper.

"We will end up in a very uncomfortable position, where people will say: 'We've lost nearly 500 guys, most of those were in Helmand, and at the end of it all, we have handed Helmand back to a Taliban-sympathetic governor."

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