General Sir David Richards speaks to Andrew Marr
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Forces chief Sir David: 'We can't beat Islamism'

The West can only contain, not defeat, militant groups such as al-Qaeda, the head of the UK's armed forces told The Andrew Marr Show.

General Sir David Richards, a former Nato commander in Afghanistan, said it is not possible to defeat "an idea" such as Islamism.

Speaking on 14 November 2010, Remembrance Sunday, Richards was joined on the show by Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy and Peter Ayerst, a World War Two Spitfire fighter pilot.

  • 14 Nov 2010
  • From the section UK