Vernon Coaker MP, responding to the Defence Committee’s latest report on Afghanistan

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the Defence Committee’s latest report on Afghanistan, said:

“The report is right to draw attention to the urgent need for agreement with the Afghan government on the role of international forces post-2014. A comprehensive approach should mean that alongside the UK Armed Forces training mission, there will be opportunities in the future for other British government departments to undertake work to support the military’s role in Afghanistan.

“It is important the we learn the lessons from our involvement in the long and difficult combat operation in Afghanistan. The evolving role of the Armed Forces over the course of the mission presented great challenges to the military, and we should examine these fully to ensure we gain an insight in to all aspects of what happened over the last number of years.”