Cut and Run?

Killings Challenge British Support

The killing of five British soldiers has put new pressure on the country's commitment to the war in Afghanistan as public leaders warn a clear strategy is needed there. The deaths of the soldiers came when a British-trained policeman opened fire at a base in Southern Afghanistan. Margaret Thatcher's former foreign-policy adviser wrote in The Times of London, "There is now a real chance that we will lose this struggle in the bars and front-rooms of Britain, before we lose it in the deserts and mountains of Afghanistan." Other leaders voiced concern over the nature of the British fight in Afghanistan as well.