From Reuters: Britain could play some role in Afghanistan until 2050, the next head of the British army said in an interview published on Saturday.

General Sir David Richards, who becomes chief of the general staff later this month, said Britain’s military involvement should only be needed for the medium term before giving way to help with governing the country.

“I believe that the UK will be committed to Afghanistan in some manner, development, governance, security sector reform, for the next 30 to 40 years,” he was quoted as telling the Times newspaper.

“The army’s role will evolve, but the whole process might take as long as 30 to 40 years.”

There is “absolutely no chance” of NATO withdrawing its forces before Afghanistan’s own security forces are ready, he said.” (photo: AP)