Britain: Two-Thirds Polled Want Troops Out of Afghanistan

More than two thirds of people in Britain believe that UK troops should leave Afghanistan within a year, a poll has found.

By John Bingham
The Telegraph, London
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Opposition to the deployment was highest among young people, with three quarters of 18 to 24-year-olds calling for a withdrawal.

Soldiers stand to attention outside St Peter's Church in Colchester, before a memorial service to honour the soldiers from the regiment who were killed in action in Afghanistan

Above: Soldiers stand to attention outside St Peter’s Church in Colchester, before a memorial service to honour the soldiers from the regiment who were killed in action in Afghanistan Photo: PA

The survey, carried out by ICM for the BBC, comes at a time when the Government faces pressure to increase the number of troops in the country.

Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai is meeting Gordon Brown in Downing Street for discussions expected to include a call for more international forces.

Barack Obama, the US President-Elect, is expected to call for Britain to increase its deployment to Afghanistan in support of a “surge” strategy.

British forces in Afghanistan now number just over 8,000, with most operating in the troubled Helmand Province in the south.

A total of 124 British servicemen and women have died in the country since the start of the US-led operation to topple the Taliban regime in late 2001, following the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington.

But the vast majority of British fatalities have happened in the last two-and-a-half years since the start of the mission to the south.

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