Ashdown: Urgent priority is to get out of Afghanistan

British soldier lays wreath of flowers during Britain's Veterans Day ceremony at a NATO base Credit: Abdul Malik / Reuters

British forces must withdraw from Afghanistan as soon as possible, thinks former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown.

Writing in the Times, he said: "We cannot pretend there is any more to do in Afghanistan.

"The urgent priority is to get out. It is not worth wasting one more life in Afghanistan. All that we can achieve has now been achieved. All that we might have achieved if we had done things differently, has been lost.

"The only rational policy now is to leave quickly, in good order and in the company of our allies. This is the only cause for which further lives should be risked."