Hamid Karzai condemns alleged Afghan child abuse by British soldiers

A spokesman for the international coalition in Kabul said: “Allegations of
this nature are taken very seriously, and the investigation will determine
the validity of the behaviour in question.”

Brig Gen Carsten Jacobson, said: “If a service member is found to have
committed an offence, or behaved in a manner not in keeping with the
appropriate moral standards expected of them, they will be dealt with
appropriately through the respective nation’s military judicial system.”

Britain has some 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, mainly based in Helmand. A
report on Wednesday claimed
that Britain will have to provide Afghanistan with £165 million a year

after troops leave to ensure it does not collapse.

Without the cash, the fledgling democracy will be “in serious doubt” with the
re-emergence of the Taliban inevitable, according to the Royal United
Services Institute.

The price of supporting the Kabul government and paying wages to the Afghan
National Army could cost Britain £5 billion if, as expected, it continues to
assist the country for another three decades.

There was “an urgent requirement” to decide soon what measures needed to be
taken to ensure stability after the majority of Western troops withdraw in

“The very fact that the Taliban remain active and potent raises concern: the
fear is that the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force
will provide the Taliban with an opportunity to re-establish their influence
over large swaths of territory in Afghanistan,” said the think tank’s
report, which was written jointly with the Indian-based Vivekananda
International Foundation.

“Unless the capacity of the Afghan state is built to withstand a Taliban
offensive, and external intervention, its survival will remain in serious

To prevent a resurgence of the Taliban, Britain will need to contribute £100 
million to support development and £65 million to Afghan forces “well
beyond” 2014.

Large contributions are also expected from the US and India.

Britain has spent more than £3 billion on aid and more than £20 billion on
military operations.

The report warned that political and ethnic divisions were obstructing
stability, which could be further undermined in the 2014 presidential

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