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More deaths highlight Afghanistan carnage

Issue No. 2008

The deaths of two more British soldiers in Afghanistan last week shows that war continues to rage across much of the country.

When the government announced the deployment of large numbers of British soldiers to Afghanistan earlier this year, it was claimed that they would be acting in a peacekeeping capacity.

But British troops are engaged in active fighting, 12 have lost their lives so far - with five dying in the past three weeks.

British forces have gone to Helmand province to replace US troops who found themselves faced with resurgent Taliban fighters there.

Nearly five years after the war against Afghanistan was declared over, the Taliban is stronger than at any time since.

A statement from the Stop the War Coalition, issued this week, said, “The war is just part of George Bush’s war on terror, now renamed ‘the long war’ by the US administration.

“Britain is the key ally of Bush and his foreign policy, which is why in both Iraq and Afghanistan the death toll is growing while the situation in both countries is deteriorating.

“Just as in Iraq, British soldiers are paying the price for a policy which cannot win. It is time to go for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and time to develop a foreign policy which is not based on following George Bush but on principles of international law, justice and equality.”

The growing death toll in Afghanistan is just one more reason why the anti-war demonstration on 23 September outside Labour’s conference in Manchester is crucially important.

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Sat 8 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2008
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