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British Special Forces Chief in Afghanistan Resigns in Protest

A British newspaper says the head of Britain's special forces in Afghanistan has resigned to protest equipment failures he believes led to the death of four of his troops.

The Daily Telegraph quotes Major Sebastian Morley, commander of Special Air Service troops in Afghanistan, as saying British Defense Ministry officials and senior military commanders repeatedly ignored his warnings about the safety of the army's Snatch Land Rover vehicles.

Morley believes the four soldiers died needlessly in June when their lightly armored Snatch vehicle hit a landmine in southern Helmand province.

The Telegraph reported one soldier who served with Morley said his commanding officers had "tried everything in their power to stop us using Snatch" but that the ministry failed to act.

In a statement, the Defense Ministry responded that equipping British personnel is a clear priority and that officials are focused on protecting them from "ever-shifting threats posed by the enemy."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.