The British commander in Helmand says talking to grocers and butchers has convinced him that progress is real. But is it sustainable?
A display of tomatoes Photograph: Martin Argles/Guardian
Convincing people the military strategy in Afghanistan is making progress is one of the toughest tasks facing British commanders, especially in the face of headline-grabbing attacks by the Taliban, and the rise in 'green on blue' murders of Nato troops by their Afghan colleagues.
Brigadier Doug Chalmers chose not to rely on statistics about violence and the number of bombings to make the argument at a briefing on Tuesday; recently back from his fourth tour of Afghanistan, he chose tomatoes and cattle as his preferred metric.
The outgoing commander in charge of Task Force Helmand, Chalmers has been monitoring perishable foods during th
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