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The Afghan Papers: Committing Britain to War in Helmand, 2005-06 (WHP 77)


Ten years after British troops entered Afghanistan, a new book dissects the strategic decisions that took the UK to war in Helmand

In 2006, British forces entered the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in what would become one of the defining military campaigns of the decade. At great cost in blood and treasure, the UK waged a protracted counter-insurgency against a resurgent Taliban. But how was the decision taken to commit Britain to such a difficult and drawn-out campaign? This question looms large as government and military heed the call for a more coherent, strategic approach to British defenc

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WRITTEN BY

Professor Michael Clarke

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