All the official reasons given to explain why 9,000 British troops are fighting in Afghanistan have failed to convince the most famous war veteran of them all, Dame Vera Lynn. I dont know what Afghanistans all about, I dont know what we are doing there, she says in an exclusive interview with The Times , published today. The former Forces sweetheart, who is now 92, has no difficulty in understanding the reasons for the sacrifices that had to be made during the Second World War. But she is perplexed about the campaign in Afghanistan, which has claimed the lives of 196 servicemen and women since 2001 and left 750 wounded. Dame Vera, whose wartime hits including Well Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, brought fond memories of home to British troops fighting in Europe, North Africa or the Far East, admitted that she found it hard to get to grips with Britains strategy in Afghanistan. At one time, our soldiers would fight for the country they came from to stop the enemy invading, but now they are involved in other countries problems, she said. Despite her doubts, she said that she was wholly supportive of our boys as they fought thousands of miles from home. In recent months the Government has sought to explain its actions in Afghanistan by emphasising the importance of preventing any return to power by the Taleban, who would then invite al-Qaeda terrorists back into the country. Bob Ainsworth, the Defence Secretary, said this week that the British troops in Afghanistan understood that they were fighting the Taleban to prevent the country from ever again becoming a haven for terrorists, who would use it as a base to plot attacks against the United Kingdom. Dame Vera acknowledged the contemporary threat from terrorism, but simply said: That didnt exist in my day. Although she has always tried to steer clear of political controversy, Dame Vera was openly critical of the Ministry of Defences recent attempt to use the courts to question compensation awarded to two servicemen for the injuries that they had suffered in action or in training. Lawyers acting for the Defence Secretary sought clarification of the compensation law in the Court of Appeal last month after the original injury awards for the two men were increased substantially by an appeals tribunal. Corporal Anthony Duncan, of the Light Dragoons, was shot in the leg by a high-velocity round in Iraq in 2005 and won an increase in compensation from 9,250 to 46,000 after suffering complications during surgery. Marine Matthew McWilliams, who broke a leg during a training exercise, had his injury payment increased from 8,250 to 28,750. Dame Vera told The Times: I dont know why there should be a problem. I mean, they are out there fighting, helping other people. They are our boys and they should be looked after. The money that is wasted on stupid things and then they quibble about this. After a public outcry over the MoDs recourse to the courts over the compensation awards, Mr Ainsworth announced that a review of the injuries award system that had been due to take place next year would be brought forward to start immediately. He also hinted that compensation awards across the board for wounded servicemen and women would be increased. The MoD explained that the object of the Court of Appeal case was not about trying to reduce any awards but rather to seek to clarify the interpretation of the compensation law applied by the appeals tribunal. The ministrys lawyers said that the compensation system was intended to award payments for a specific injury, such as a broken leg or an amputation, and was not supposed to include additional injuries that might occur during or after surgery. (The Times)