I am not in disagreement over the thrust of your article(s) but it pains me when your high standards dip down to those of the journalistic tribe that you do not hesitate to disparage.
It is indeed a stretch to suggest that Peter Mckay said " British forces in Afghanistan could "learn lessons" on how to properly equip troops on the front line."
The headline writers interpretation notwithstanding, what he actualy said was that neighbours can always learn from each other.
You caught me out in a sense - I did not read the article fully ... I had discussed it with the author a couple of days before and contributed some details to it. From that, I gained the view that the headline writer accurately conveyed the sense of what McKay said - it is what had been conveyed to me earlier. His words were diplomatic, but his meaning was not that precisely conveyed by his words in the article.