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
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.
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.