The commander of SAS special forces in Afghanistan has resigned amid fresh controversy over the equipment available to British troops fighting the Taliban, it was reported last night.
It is believed that Major Sebastian Morley decided to quit over the deaths of four of his soldiers who were killed when their lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover hit a landmine in Helmand province earlier this year.
It is understood he was unhappy at the use of the Snatch, despite his repeated warnings over its vulnerability, according to The Daily Telegraph. Defence sources insisted his departure was for "personal reasons". In his resignation letter, Major Morley, the commander of D Squadron, 23 SAS, was said to have blamed "chronic under investment" in equipment by the Ministry of Defence for his soldiers' deaths.
He believed that Cpl Sarah Bryant – the first female soldier to die in Afghanistan – and three male colleagues all died needlessly. He accused the MoD of "gross negligence" and said its failure to supply better equipment was "cavalier at best, criminal at worst".