British prime minister Tony Blair is expected to urge his nation to maintain its moral fibre in supporting the global war against terror.
Mr. Blair's office today (Sunday) issued a statement calling for patience in the struggle and rebuking media critics.
Aides to the British leader say, that in a speech to be delivered Tuesday, Mr. Blair will urge the British public to maintain its nerve in the anti-terrorist campaign.
Sources close to the prime minister have criticized the British media's treatment of the Afghan campaign, recalling that similar doubts had been voiced about the 1999 intervention in Kosovo.
Reports of bombing errors and setbacks on the ground in Afghanistan have fed public doubts in Britain about the bombing in Afghanistan.
Foreign secretary Jack Straw earlier today joined other members of Mr. Blair's government in cautioning the British public that the war on terror may be a long and difficult one.
In his Tuesday speech to the Welsh Regional Assembly, Mr. Blair is set to praise Britain as a moral nation with a strong sense of right and wrong.