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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I December 2008
MPs join calls to pull British
troops out of Afghanistan
Four British parliamentarians last Afghanistan has fallen to 43 years and NGOs, it is making the delivery of
month joined human rights lawyers, one in five children die before they aid to the majority of the country
military families, journalists and peace reach their fifth birthday. The country impossible. The NGOs warn of a real
activists in calling for the withdrawal is now fourth from bottom of the UN’s danger that thousands will starve this
of UK troops from Afghanistan. winter.
Their call came after the ‘Stop The letter, signed by Labor peer
the War Coalition’, the UK’s largest Lord Ahmed, Respect Party leader
peace network group, held a series of George Galloway, Welsh nationalist
protest rallies across Britain to mark Plaid Cymru parliamentary leader
the seventh anniversary of what it Elfyn Llwyd and Labor MP Jeremy
described as the ‘so-called liberation Corbyn, said that the ‘end of the Bush
of Afghanistan by the US and its era should be a moment to reassess
allies’. our foreign policy’.
“Seven years after the supposed They pointed out that a recent
liberation of Afghanistan, there is now BBC poll found that 68 percent of the
conclusive evidence that the NATO British public now believe the troops
occupation is a disaster,” three MPs should leave Afghanistan within a
and a peer said. year, while 125 British soldiers have
“Civilian death toll is mounting. already lost their lives in a war that is
The level of violence is higher than at ‘unwinnable’.
any time since the invasion in 2001,” “We urge (Prime Minister) Gordon
they warned in a joint letter to the league table of development. Brown to recognize the facts,
Guardian. Mounting violence has caused a respect public opinion and order
The UN has reported that, under new refugee crisis and, according to the withdrawal of British troops,” the
occupation, life expectancy in Acbar, the umbrella group of Afghan parliamentarians said.
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