The head of the British Army, General David Richards, has issued a wake-up call to the public by warning of the “terrifying prospect” of a defeat in Afghanistan. In an interview with a British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph Richards maintained that the West’s defeat in Afghanistan would encourage terrorists who would then head towards Pakistan. “Pakistan is clearly a tempting target not least because of the fact that it is a nuclear-weaponed state and that is a terrifying prospect. Even if only a few of those (nuclear) weapons fell into their hands, believe me they would use them,” Richards said. General Richards also warned that the “drumbeat” of casualties in Helmand would continue for another three to five years, while the war raged on, but added that the Army was ready to bear the sacrifice. He opined that sending extra troops would allow Nato to begin winning the psychological battle against the Taliban who, he said, were masters of propaganda. “Afghan War is difficult to win but we all know if we get this wrong there are all sort of implications not just for this generation but for our children's generation,” the general concluded.

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