Afghanistan

John Baron MP says key Afghan mistake was confusing the mission

February 11, 2015
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MP intervenes in Parliamentary Afghan War debate In Parliament this afternoon, Keith Simpson MP led a Westminster Hall debate on the lessons from the Afghan War. In the debate, John said, “The key mistake we made in Afghanistan was, on having achieved our original mission of ridding the country of al-Qaeda, we then allowed...
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John Baron MP presses Defence Secretary on lessons from Afghanistan

November 27, 2014
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MP says any future interventions must be informed by Afghan experience Today in the House of Commons, the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, made a statement on Afghanistan. This came following the withdrawal of British combat troops from the country, as well as after a terrorist attack on a...
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John Baron MP speaks of ‘dilution of skills’ at Global Diplomatic Forum

October 30, 2014
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MP says Britain must learn from military interventions Earlier this week, John Baron MP was invited to join a panel for a round-table discussion organised by the Global Strategy Forum. The event took place in Parliament, and focused on the rise of the Islamic State and how the international community should react to it....
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John Baron MP challenges Foreign Secretary on lessons from Afghanistan

September 9, 2014
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MP cautions against mission creep in Iraq and Syria Today in the House of Commons, the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, gave the Government’s latest quarterly statement on Afghanistan. British combat operations in Afghanistan are due to end on 31st December 2014. In the House of Commons, John asked, “Our mistake in...
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John Baron MP: Iraq highlights dangers of intervention

June 12, 2014
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MP also points to Libya and Afghanistan Following the news from northern Iraq, John Baron MP warns of the dangers of intervention. John resigned from the shadow Front Bench to vote against the Iraq war in 2003, and was the only Conservative to vote against both Afghanistan and Libya. John said, “One of the...
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John Baron MP questions Prime Minister over Afghanistan

July 3, 2013
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MP calls for non-conditional talks with the Taliban   Yesterday in the House of Commons the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, gave a statement on Afghanistan. The Statement followed his visit last week to Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the House, John said, “For the many of us who supported the expulsion of...
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John Baron MP welcomes US talks with the Taliban

June 19, 2013
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MP says there is much common ground to discuss John Baron MP has welcomed news that the US is holding direct talks with the Taliban over the future of Afghanistan. John has long advocated the need for talks given his belief that the Taliban were never going to be beaten with the resources available....
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John Baron MP presses Defence Secretary on Taliban negotiations

December 21, 2012
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MP calls for non-conditional talks in advance of troop withdrawal In a statement on Afghanistan this week in the House of Commons, the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, gave the Government’s quarterly assessment of the situation. During the statement, the Defence Secretary announced that 3,800 British troops will be...
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John Baron MP raises mission focus on Afghanistan

October 31, 2012
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MP reminds the Government of the reasons for our Afghan deployment Yesterday in the House of Commons, during Foreign and Commonwealth Office questions, John Baron MP asked the Minister, Alistair Burt MP, about our mission in Afghanistan. In the House of Commons, John said, “The education of girls is of course very laudable, but...
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John Baron MP presses Defence Secretary to over joint on-the-ground operations in Afghanistan

September 20, 2012
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MP highlights Taliban account for just one quarter of ‘green-on-blue’ attacks  Further to his Urgent Question in Parliament on Tuesday, John Baron MP has sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Defence calling on him to re-examine the case for joint on-the-ground operations between British troops and Afghan forces in light of...
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