October 07, 2009

Poll: most Britons still against UK role in Afghan war

Press TV - October 7, 2009 12:57:52 GMT

British troops have suffered heavy losses during the war in Afghanistan.

The number of Britons opposed to the country's involvement in military operations in Afghanistan has increased, a poll released Wednesday shows.

According to the opinion poll published by BBC at the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, out of the 1,010 people polled, 56 percent were against Britain's armed involvement in Afghanistan.

The number represents an increase, compared to previous figures gathered in 2006.

Currently, Britain has around 9,150 troops in Afghanistan.

They have suffered heavy losses during the war, especially in the Helmand province, where they are mainly based.

Their latest fatality was a soldier killed in the war-torn country on Monday, taking the overall death toll to 220 since the US-led invasion began.

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