Sunday, 27 November 2011
Is It Time We Had A Public Debate About Pulling Our Troops Out Of Afghanistan?
A British soldier has been killed in an explosion, while on foot patrol, in the Afghanistan war.
He belonged to the 5th Battalion The Rifles and was killed in the Babaji area of the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province after a makeshift bomb (IED) went off. His family have been told the hellish news according to the Ministry of Defence.
His death takes the number of British troops who have died since the war began in 2001 to 390.
Australians are debating whether their troops should be pulled out of Afghanistan. So far 33 Australian soldiers have died and many recognise the original reason for deployment - the capture of Osama bin Laden - has been achieved. Comment from Phil Sparrow, an aid worker who has been in Afghanistan since 1999 with his family, is particularly insightful.
Isn't it time the UK had such a public debate?