Former Top British Soldier Criticizes Government's Strategy in Afghanistan

Britain's former top soldier has launched a scathing attack on the Government over the lack of helicopters and strategy in Afghanistan on Friday, Sky News reported.

General Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank said that despite U.K. troops being in the country for eight years, the numbers of helicopters were still "inadequate" and said that British lives could have been saved had there been more.

"It's unsatisfactory for the Ministry of Defense and ministers... always saying that things are better," he told a House of Lords debate, Sky News reported.

"I have no doubt whatsoever that with additional helicopters, some of these lives which have been lost would have been saved."

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said last month that 500 extra troops would deploy to the country only if key conditions were met - if they had the necessary equipment, if other NATO allies boosted their troop numbers and more Afghan soldiers were trained.

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