Ex-British diplomat criticises US commander

Former ambassador to Afghanistan, Sherard Cowper-Coles, harshly criticises Petraeus.

    Britain's former ambassador to Afghanistan, Sherard Cowper-Coles, has harshly criticised US top military commander, General David Petraeus.

    Sherard Cowper-Coles said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper that Petraeus should be "ashamed of himself" for what Cowper-Coles said was citing Taliban deaths as a sign of progress in the country.

    Cowper-Coles was speaking in response to Petraeus' statement, "In a typical 90-day period, in fact, precision operations by US special mission units and their Afghan partners alone kill or capture some 360 targeted insurgent leaders".

    Cowper-Coles credited Petraeus' predecessor, Stanley McChrystal, with prioritising the protection of Afghanistan civilians over military gains. Petraeus moves to a new post in September as head of the CIA.

    Al Jazeera's Adam Raney reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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