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People find war in Afghanistan ?difficult to understand?


Three years ago the Today programme broadcast a series of broadcasts from Major Richard Streatfeild who was serving with The Rifles in Helmand.

One of the most poignant of those came in the second week of November when the first deaths in A Company coincided with Remembrance Day.

Now Major Streatfeild resigned from the army in September 2012 and this year is his first Remembrance Day as a civilian.

Talking to the Today programme's John Humphrys he explained that when he attends memorial services, he sees that people are "inspired by the bravery" of the fighters.

But he added that it is easier for the "older generation to have the moral certainty" about why they are remembering, as people find what the army is doing in Afghanistan now "more difficult to understand".

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