Patrick Wintour and Andrew Sparrow
The Guardian
December 15, 2009

Gordon Brown claimed today that the lives of 100,000 children had been saved as a result of the intervention of Britain and other Nato countries in Afghanistan.

The prime minister made his claim in a Downing Street webchat ahead of an announcement that the Ministry of Defence will make big defence cuts as part of an attempt to shift resources to the frontline in Afghanistan.

Ministers will today announce a £150m package to tackle the threat of roadside bombs in Afghanistan, including the establishment of new specialist training facilities in the UK, a senior government official said last night.

However, the money will come from a “reprioritisation” of existing MoD spending plans, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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