Lib-Dems want exit strategy to end war on Taliban

Published on London Evening Standard, by Nicholas Cecil, Sept. 22, 2009.

Liberal Democrats today ratcheted up the pressure for Britain to end its military campaign in Afghanistan. Delegates at the party’s annual rally in Bournemouth tabled an emergency motion calling for the Government to “focus on concluding the Afghanistan mission”.

They also demanded that ministers report to Parliament “in detail on progress towards a withdrawal” …

… “We should not be running around in circles for another six months,” said defence spokesman Nick Harvey.

Britain has 9,000 troops in Afghanistan and military chiefs were today said to be planning to deploy 1,000 more as part of US General Stanley McChrystal’s “surge” strategy. The UK death toll since the start of the war in 2001 is 217. (full text).

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