New UK probe into Afghanistan role

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The UK’s role in Afghanistan is to be examined by the British Parliament’s defence committee.

Two inquiries will look at issues including continued participation in the war and the reporting of civilian casualties.

The committee said launching the inquiries had been under discussion for some time. It said there was no link to the recent leaking of military documents that revealed coalition troops had killed hundreds of Afghan civilians in unreported incidents and detailed US concern that Pakistan secretly aided the Taliban.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, on a visit to India, addressed the Pakistan issue.

He said: “We want to see a strong and stable and democratic Pakistan, but we cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able in any way to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world.”

Cameron’s remarks come days after the publication of classified US military reports by whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

In Afghanistan, German Army Brigadier General Josef Blotz, a spokesman for the NATO-led force fighting the Taliban, called the leaks “inappropriate” and “unhelpful.”

He told reporters: “We strongly condemn these irresponsible leaks, but we assure you this unfortunate event will not impact our ongoing commitment to deepen our partnership with Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

The founder of WikiLeaks said some of the 92,000 documents that it got hold of and published show thousands of US attacks could be investigated for evidence of war crimes.