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 Edward Stourton in Afghanistan


Edward Stourton
Today presenter Edward Stouton visits Afghanistan to bring us a series of reports on the security situation there.

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Afghan National Army

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"British forces in Afghanistan are engaged in their biggest test to date. Their actions now will play a critical part in their plan for long-term peace in this violent and troubled place." - Edward Stourton

14th January -The main British base in Helmand
British troops are trying to help Afghan forces - the army and the police - to take greater responsibility for security in what had been the Taleban stronghold of Musa Qala . Naturally, the experiment is being closely watched in the main British base in Helmand, where the Afghan troops have been trained. Edward Stourton talks to some of the troops.
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15th January - Helmand Province

At least seven people were killed in a suicide attack on a well known hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Taleban militants managed to breach the security at the Serena Hotel before detonating their explosives. Edward Stourton speaks to the Commander of British troops there, Brigadier Andrew Mackay about the security situation.
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17th January - Lashkar Gah

Edward Stourton leaves the British base for the town of Lashkar Gah in southern Afghanistan to speak to local people about life in Afghanistan's provinces.
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18th January - The capital city of Kabul

Edward Stourton asks Sir Jock Stirrup, Chief of the Defence Staff, to explain the strategy for extending the areas of Helmand by bringing the countryside under British and Afghan control.
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21st January - Presenting the Today Programme from Kabul

Broadcasting from Kabul

Edward Stourton speaks to Shukria Barakzai, the leader of the independent Third Line Group in the Afghan parliament. 
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We hear Edward's report from his visit to Musa Qala, a town re-taken by British Forces before Christmas, to see what has been achieved there.
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Edward interviews the British ambassador in Kabul, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, live from the temporary studio shown above.
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