Government 'lucky' over Afghan reports - Press Gazette

Government 'lucky' over Afghan reports

The man who led British forces during the first Iraq conflict said the Government has been "lucky" that journalists have not reported more from Afghanistan.

Major General Patrick Cordingley told a debate at The Frontline Club in London that the media will have "retrenched and sorted something out by the time the ball goes back on to Afghanistan again. I think in that respect the Government has been quite lucky."

He cited the example, earlier this month, when the British army bombed a school in Nawzad, in the Helmand province near an area where the Taliban had been mortaring British forces.

He said: "You can see where I'm coming from — the John Humphrys of this world would be making hay of this if the Palestinian problem hadn't flared up."

He said that despite being a regular BBC commentator on Afghanistan "nobody has rung me up ever since the Israelis started dropping bombs into Beirut".



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