FOREIGN AFFAIRS – CONTAINMENT IN AFGHANISTAN – 6 July 2011

Dr Julian Lewis: I understand the incentive while drones are still killing Taliban in the run-up to the end of 2014, but what incentive will the Taliban have to stick to any deal that is reached or to go through with a deal after 2014? Are we going to be firing drones from outside the country?

[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Alistair Burt): My hon. Friend is taking far too little notice of the improvement and strength of the Afghan national security forces in their own right. It is they who will carry on the fight on behalf of their people against those who threaten their state. To assume that this is a practice that only we are engaged in and that only we can be engaged in is unfair to the growing success and strength of the ANSF. That is the incentive for the future.]

[NOTE: For Julian's speech in this Debate, click here.]