New leader takes charge of British army

20:04, September 16, 2010      

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General Sir Peter Wall took over as head of the British army on Wednesday at a time when the country's armed forces face budget cuts of up to 20 percent and a radical recasting of roles.

Wall takes over as chief of the general staff from General Sir David Richards.

"We are working extremely hard to deliver security in Afghanistan, alongside our Afghan and international partners," Wall said. "Real progress is being made thanks to the extraordinary commitment and courage of our soldiers, airmen and sailors."

The Army, Wall said, is actively engaged in the government's Strategic Defense and Security Review as it seeks to align capabilities and resources in meeting Britain's long-term security needs.

The change was sparked by Richards' promotion to head of all three armed service branches as chief of the defense staff.

Source: Xinhua

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