Bob Ainsworth warns shortage of equipment to limit troop numbers in Afghanistan

A large increase in the number of British troops in Afghanistan may not be possible because of a shortage of equipment, Bob Ainsworth has warned.

The Defence Secretary used a speech to the Labour Conference in Brighton to sound sceptical note about the prospect of sending a large reinforcement to Afghanistan.

Britain has 9,000 troops in Afghanistan. British and American commanders are drawing up plans to send more, but ministers are reluctant to authorise the new deployment.

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