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Britain's top soldier says al-Qaeda cannot be beaten

Britain's top soldier says al-Qaeda cannot be beaten 13 Nov 2010 The new head of Britain's armed forces, Gen Sir David Richards, has warned that the West cannot defeat al-Qaeda and militant Islam. He said defeating Islamist militancy was "unnecessary and would never be achieved". However, he argued that it could be "contained" to allow Britons to lead secure lives. Gen Richards said the threat posed by "al-Qaeda and its affiliates" meant Britain's national security would be at risk for at least 30 years.