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Issue No. 2165

‘Some in Britain believe the fight is not worth it.’
Defence secretary Bob Ainsworth bemoans “defeatism” on the home front

‘I still firmly believe that Afghanistan is winnable.’
Bob Ainsworth

‘I hoped Darren would be the last to die. This could go on another 40 years, it’s time for them to come home.’
David George, whose son Darren was the first British soldier to die in Afghanistan

‘That will continue for years. I don’t want to put a figure on that, but certainly two to four years, three to five years, of this kind of level of commitment by the military.’
General Sir Richard Dannatt, head of the British army, on the likelihood of the war in Afghanistan going on for many more years

‘We encourage servicemen to take out private insurance.’
General Sir Richard Dannatt’s advice to troops in Afghanistan

‘This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. This is fundamental to the defence of our people.’
Barack Obama on the Afghan war

‘The occupation is immoral and unjust. It does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect.’
US Iraq War veteran Victor Agosto who was sentenced to 30 days in jail on 5 August for refusing to be deployed in Afghanistan

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Tue 18 Aug 2009, 17:47 BST
Issue No. 2165
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