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Defence Secretary – why we are in Afghanistan

March 8, 2012

Following the loss of six soldiers in Afghanistan this week, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond writes about why we are in Afghanistan and what is being achieved there.

Philip Hammond

The Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond. Picture: Harland Quarrington, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

The brave men and women who defend this nation know they cannot do their job without being in harm’s way. It is what they are trained and equipped for. But nothing can truly prepare family and friends for the loss of a loved one.

Every death, every injury, reminds us of the human cost to service in the Armed Forces. The shocking loss of British lives this week – the worst for many years – understandably raises questions about the continued presence of UK forces in Afghanistan; about why we are there and what we are achieving.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    March 8, 2012 18:26

    Motifs of presence of our soldiers on Afghanistan is knowed and understood, but daily routine perhaps make us irreflectives.
    Only on cases such the present, when we said that soldiers are missed and believed killed, our mind and our heart return on why our brothers are deployed. We are hoping, against all hope, that they may only be wounded and this done us confort, but, on same time, we realize that they may be died.
    Our thoughts and prayers are for they loved ones, whose dolor we condivide.
    God is our Father and is ever with us. now he is ear families of missed soldiers and will done them confort. Claudio Alpaca

  2. Robert Dicketts permalink
    March 8, 2012 22:19

    Having lost our son in the Nimrod explosion in September 2006 our hearts and thoughts go out to the families and friends of the six brave men. We know what the families are going through.
    Robert & Priscilla

  3. antonio bandini permalink
    March 9, 2012 22:55

    BBC January 18, 2012 British soldiers, including several officers and two generals, were arrested for raping and killing dozens and dozens of helpless children in Afghanistan. Have been found hundreds of videos of rapes and killings committed by British heroes. The Ministry of Defence and Mr. Cameron apologized for the crimes committed by the British army and they said to deeply ashamed to be British. Queen Elizabeth has expressed his apologies and said of it, too ashamed to be British.

    • Doug ex RN permalink
      March 14, 2012 22:20

      Go and troll else where you sad excuse for a human being this site is for heroes and their fellow country men.

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