Monday 3 January 2011
It's Now 2011 Mr Cameron. Where's Your Plan?
Private Joseva Vatubua, 24, a soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, has become the first British military fatality of 2011 after being caught in an explosion in Helmand province.
He was killed on New Year's Day during a patrol aimed at preventing attacks by 'enemy fighters'.
A total of 349 of our armed forces have been killed since operations began in 2001. David Cameron has repeatedly stated our troops could start leaving Afghanistan early this year yet no mention was made by him prior to the Westminster Christmas recess.
President Obama has already said that the 65,000 US troops will end combat operations this year although many will remain to advise Afghan forces and protect US interests.
The SNP is the only political party which has mentioned the withdrawal of our soldiers this year. Angus Robertson, the SNP Westminster leader asks, "If the US president can offer such certainty, why are British service personnel being fobbed off with vague commitments?" Will David Cameron reply? I very much doubt if Mr Robertson receives anything more than the MP wants most of them home by 2015 so as their presence there doesn't affect his re-election chances at the general election.
This war in Afghanistan is proving almost twice as dangerous as Iraq where there were 179 deaths. When are we going to say enough's enough?