British troops could remain in Afghanistan for "decades", the head of the Armed Forces warned yesterday.
And even then the conflict will only be resolved by a political deal – after talks with Taliban leaders, said Sir Jock Stirrup.
In an interview, the Chief of Defence Staff said: ‘In terms of bringing Afghanistan into its rightful place in the 21st century, that is an enormous project, that will engage the international community, frankly, for decades.
"There is a common misperception that the issues in Afghanistan, and indeed elsewhere around the world, can be dealt with by military means. "That’s a false perception. The military is a key, an essential element in dealing with those problems, but by and large these problems can only be resolved politically."…