Britain shuffles top military team

LONDON - The British government is shuffling its top military team as it grapples with the unpopular conflict in Afghanistan.

LONDON - The British government is shuffling its top military team as it grapples with the unpopular conflict in Afghanistan.

Defence secretary Liam Fox says the head of the armed forces, Air Chief Marshall Jock Stirrup, will leave his job about six months early. His term had not been due to end until April 2011.

The top civilian defence official also will leave.

Stirrup was appointed by the Labour government, which lost power in May to a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.

Foreign secretary William Hague said yesterday the men were not being punished for the rising death toll in Afghanistan.- Sapa-AP

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