Afghanistan

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:56 pm on 27th October 2010.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 12:56 pm, 27th October 2010

There is no place in our policies for the mistreatment of detainees, and we have been very clear about that as a Government. We have, of course, published the guidance we give to our intelligence officers and announced an inquiry into previous allegations. But I do condemn the unauthorised release of information, which can endanger our forces and people who have worked with our forces, and which gives a one-sided propaganda gift for insurgent, so I condemn those leaks. It is our forces who are engaged, above all, in protecting the civilian population in Afghanistan, often having to accept casualties because of the work they do to protect that civilian population. The people who indiscriminately attack the civilian population and do not care whether women, children and other people are blown up by their improvised explosive devices are the insurgents and the terrorists.

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