No more talk. No more ex­cuses. No more waf­fle Afghan al­lies.’ British lives are be­ing lost BRING OUR BOYS BACK NOW! SPEAKS FOR BRI­TAIN

10 rea­sons why we should be there

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE -

Since the war be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2001, 430 British ser­vice per­son­nel have lost their lives.

In 2001 the de­fence sec­re­tary John Reid said we could be in and out “with­out a shot be­ing fired”. More than 160 mil­i­tary per­son­nel serv­ing in Afghanistan have lost one or more limbs. Re­search has found that the rate at which British sol­diers have been killed in Afghanistan is al­most four times that of their US coun­ter­parts, and dou­ble the rate which is of­fi­cially clas­si­fied as “ma­jor com­bat”. More than 20 per cent of those who have served in Afghanistan are expected to suf­fer from men­tal health prob­lems in­clud­ing post-trau­matic stress, de­pres­sion It is es­ti­mated that there are fewer than 50 al Qaeda op­er­a­tives in Afghanistan.

There are prob­a­bly more in Bri­tain where the con­tin­ued war is a great re­cruit­ing tool for ter­ror­ists who are tar­get­ing dis­af­fected Mus­lim youths. Pro­duc­tion of opium – the raw ma­te­rial of heroin pro­duc­tion – is soar­ing.

Last year alone it rose by 61%. Af­ter 9/11, Tony Blair jus­ti­fied the war, say­ing: “The arms the Tal­iban are buy­ing to­day are paid for by the lives of young British peo­ple buy­ing their drugs on British streets.

This is an­other part of their regime we should seek to de­stroy.” NATO-LED forces are scal­ing back any joint mis­sions with their Afghan coun­ter­parts in a stat­egy change forced by the threat of rogue sol­diers, it has been an­nounced.

The or­der for the 130,000 -strong in­ter­na­tional coali­tion comes in the face of a sig­nif­i­cantly wors­en­ing threat from Afghan po­lice and sol­diers.

De­fence Sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond wel­comed the change, say­ing he wanted to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to pro­tect British troops from the wave of “green-on-blue” at­tacks which have seen 51 in­ter­na­tional troops killed this year by Afghan forces, or mil­i­tants wear­ing their uni­forms.

Hell­hole

So to­day, Mid­week Sport asks – on be­half of ev­ery right-think­ing per­son in Bri­tain – why are Our Boys stay­ing on in this me­dieval hell­hole fight­ing a war that CAN­NOT be won?

Time and again, we have been told British forces are in Afghanistan to “train” their Afghan coun­ter­parts ahead of a to­tal with­drawal in 2014.

Now, with contact be­tween the Afghan army and Coali­tion forces all-but­banned, the one re­main­ing ex­cuse for keep­ing our forces in that sorry ex­cuse for a coun­try is GONE.

The ONLY sane course of and anx­i­ety. By the end of March this year, Afghan op­er­a­tions had cost tax­pay­ers a to­tal of £17.3 bil­lion. One of the ex­cuses given for re­main­ing in Afghanistan is that the Afghan se­cu­rity forces need train­ing. Al­ready this year, 51 Al­lied ser­vice­men – in­clud­ing nine Bri­tons – have been killed by these “al­lies” Afghanistan is one of the long­est wars in mod­ern British his­tory – al­ready last­ing longer than it took to de­feat Hitler or the Kaiser. In 2001, we went to war in Afghanistan in or­der to cap­ture or kill Osama Bin Laden. Now, 10 years later, he is dead.

But it was 20 US Navy Seals not 130,000 troops that car­ried out the mis­sion.

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