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Army chief: Wars bred 'warrior generation' of troops

The head of the British Army said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has given rise to a "warrior generation" of UK troops.

British troops at Camp 501, Camp Bastion, Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

On the centenary of Britain's entry to the First World War, General Sir Peter Wall, chief of the General Staff, told the Daily Telegraph the military had learned from its operations in the countries.

I believe the warrior spirit and experience the British Army has acquired during its long decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan means it is ready for the challenges it is likely to face in the years ahead.

We can be confident we have a 'warrior generation' who have the skill and fighting ability to play their role in the nation's defence and its security interests.

– General Sir Peter Wall, chief of the General Staff

Despite the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan being well under way, he hinted that should the need arise, UK forces could return to the war-torn country.

If the Taliban were to be resurgent and al-Qaeda was again establishing sanctuaries, we would have to consider whether more effort was required on our part.

– General Sir Peter Wall, chief of the General Staff

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