Britain's envoy to Afghanistan steps down

Britain's special envoy to Afghanistan, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, steps down from his position, amid speculation he was driven out because of his continued criticism of the military campaign.

Sir Cowper-Coles has said he believes Afghanistan could be “governed by an acceptable dictator”, which he described as “the only realistic outcome.”

However, the comment was made back in 2008, and he wasn’t appointed to his position until early 2009, so those who decided to appoint him knew what they were getting.

Still, Cowper-Coles has maintained the view that there can be no military solution in Afghanistan.

Another reason behind his resignation might involve the extended leave of absence he took in June 2010.