Britain is convulsed with sorrow and many are urging a re-examination of the British role in Afghanistan following the loss of 15 soldiers in a single week — including 8 on Saturday, July 11th.  It is alleged that some of these troops died because they were deployed in vehicles that failed to meet US standards — vehicles that have already been rejected by the US Army.

Unlike the US, where the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem remote, the war has hit Britain front and center. It is dominating the front pages, the political debate, and the hills of Wales and Scotland are filled with Army trainees and military jet flyover practices.

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