The head of the British Army has warned of a “generation of conflict” ahead for troops if they fail in Iraq or Afghanistan.
It comes as 25 people were killed in fierce clashes between police and gunmen in the Iraqi city of Kerbala which erupted during a major religious event attended by hundreds of thousands of Shi’ites.
In a private address made in June – that has just been released under the Freedom of Information Act – General Sir Richard Dannatt ordered his senior staff to prepare for such an eventuality.
Sir Richard said success was vital in Iraq and Afghanistan: “If we fail in either campaign, then I submit that in the face of that strident Islamist shadow, then tomorrow will be a very uncertain place.”
UK troops face ‘generation of conflict’