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100th British soldier killed – Bring the troops home now

Issue No. 1986

Bush and Blair’s illegal and immoral war on Iraq claimed another life on Tuesday of this week as, tragically, the 100th British soldier died.

Rose Gentle, the mother of Gordon Gentle who died in Iraq in June 2004, said, “Soldiers in Iraq have told me they don’t want to be there.

“They want to come home. They have told us to step up our campaign of resistance to this government’s war policies. We must act now, bring the troops home and end this illegal occupation.”


Respect MP George Galloway said, “These 100 deaths are the all too predictable consequences of the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. I don’t want another British soldier to die occupying other people’s countries.

“That’s why all the British troops must be brought home now from Iraq and from Afghanistan and there must be an end to the threat of action against Iran.”

John Rees, Respect’s national secretary, added, “The full disastrous consequences of the British government’s war in Iraq has now been brought home by the death of the 100th British soldier. This underlines in the most tragic way the foolishness of the current threats against Iran and the imbecility of committing another 3,500 troops to Afghanistan.”

Vigils were being held across the country this week to remember the victims of the war—British and US soldiers, and over 100,000 Iraqis, whose exact number of dead the occupiers refuse to count.

Continued occupation of Iraq is increasing the horror for ordinary Iraqis.

There are daily bombing raids by US warplanes, death squads have been unleashed by pro-occupation forces, and the occupiers have attempted to play up ethnic and religious devisions to strengthen their grip on power.

Far from presiding over a gradual transition to democracy and peace, the occupation is making things far worse.

The horror will not end until all of the troops leave the Middle East.

That’s why the Stop the War demonstration on Saturday 18 March, part of a global day of action, is more crucial than ever.

Protest 18 March

Troops home from Iraq! Don’t attack Iran!

12 noon, Parliament Square, central london

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Sat 4 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1986
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