8 Jul 2021

‘Disappointment would be the least I would describe it as’ – former SAS commander on Afghanistan

Europe Editor and Presenter

Boris Johnson has insisted that Britain is not abandoning its commitment to Afghanistan, while announcing that most British troops have already left the country.

The prime minister went on to emphasise achievements such as over a quarter of parliamentarians now being women. But with Taliban forces making daily gains, questions remain over what kind of victory has been achieved.

We spoke to Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Williams, a former commanding officer in the SAS, and began by asking him for his reaction to the speed with which we are withdrawing from Afghanistan.