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Times poll reveals you support Afghanistan war

PUBLISHED: 17:12 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 09:46 12 August 2010

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AN EXCLUSIVE poll by the Times has revealed the vast majority of residents are in favour of the Afghanistan war. A street survey conducted in Bromley town centre on Monday showed 78 per cent of 60 people interviewed support the efforts of our troops.

AN EXCLUSIVE poll by the Times has revealed the vast majority of residents are in favour of the Afghanistan war.

A street survey conducted in Bromley town centre on Monday showed 78 per cent of 60 people interviewed support the efforts of our troops.

The results come after the death toll of British soldiers reached over 230 since the conflict began in 2001.

Most residents said although they feel saddened by the lives being lost they feel the war is necessary.

Technical consultant Andrew Crosby, 38, of Homesdale Road, said: "It is important to be there although it is probably one of the most difficult conflicts we have been involved in.

"If the Prime Minister gave regular updates like they used to in the Second World War people might know where they stand a bit more.

"We are making progress and we do need to be there. Of course lives will be lost, it is a war. People who sign up to the army know what they are letting themselves in for."

Among the most common reasons given for justifying Britain's presence there were the future security of our country and the desire to bring democracy to the Afghan people.

Many residents felt we have come too far to pull out now and that in doing so it would be a waste of lives already lain down in the name of duty. turn to page 3 Postman Dennis Pollard, 52, from Shortlands, said: "I don't like the idea of our guys dying out there. One of our lives is not worth all of theirs. It is necessary for Afghanistan to become a peaceful country. Other countries need to do more, not just Britain and America.

"At the end of the day we have to stay there otherwise it will just revert back to the way it is. The Taliban is difficult to catch. We're not fighting against another side where we can fight to victory or lose. Our people have to use a magnifying glass, it's like looking for a needle in a haystack."

Music agency owner, Anne Marie Martin, from Bromley South added: "We shouldn't pull out now. There would be a lot of violence. I have very severe doubts about whether the country can be stabilised. Our mission isn't clear to me but maybe it's clear to our soldiers on the ground. It all seems a bit mish-mash."

Earlier this week Prime Minister Gordon Brown became embroiled in a war of words with the mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan after sending her a handwritten letter of condolence she claimed was riddled with spelling mistakes.

Jacqui Janes was telephoned by Mr Brown on Monday but the argument escalated even further when she confronted him over equipment shortages.

Meanwhile the bodies of six soldiers were repatriated on Tuesday, bringing the death toll of British troops to 232 since 2001.

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