Dominic Raab taking one for the team for crisis in Afghanistan, ex-defence chief claims

Dominic Raab ‘taking one for the team’ says Lord Richards

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Lord Richards told BBC Newsnight: “I have to say listening to Dominic raab this afternoon. I feel to some degree taking one for the team.

“The Foreign Office is one department that then executes it along with defence in this case, most certainly the home office too.

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He went on: And indeed other departments like trade and industry.

So, I think where you really need to focus attention, as well as to a degree on the Foreign Office of course, is the NSC National Security Council and Cobra.

My own view and it’s been this for a number of years and when I was CDS, is the Cobra system much-vaunted, is 19th century, certainly early 20th At best.

 

He added: “And we need something like a national command and communication centre that can manage fast-moving 21st century conflict, and clearly that’s not yet the case”

Dominic Raab appeared before a parliamentary select committee yesterday.

He was repeatedly questioned over how many UK citizens have been left behind in Afghanistan.

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The foreign secretary appeared bristled by some of the questions thrown at him by MPs.

He also appeared equally irritated by questions on when exactly he went on holiday – refusing to provide any precise dates.

MPs were frustrated by a lack of detail from Dominic Raab on key questions like the specific number of people eligible for evacuation who had been left behind.

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