UK policy in Syria hampered by ‘wishful thinking’
By Mark Urban
Diplomatic and defence editor, Newsnight
2 October 2015
From the section UK
UK policy in Syria has been hampered by “wishful thinking”, says a former top military adviser in the Middle East.
Lt Gen Sir Simon Mayall said the UK had underestimated the staying power of President Bashar al-Assad.
In an interview with BBC Newsnight, he painted a picture of a UK being in a strategic muddle over Syria and described Russia’s intervention as “hugely significant”.
On Iraq, he described the UK’s commitment as “frankly inadequate”.
The general’s remarks, in his first interview since stepping down, reflect wider frustration among senior officers about the lack of a coherent strategic approach to the Middle East, and risk-aversion among political leaders in the UK as well as the United States.
Source:: BBC UK