Majority in UK think Afghanistan war `unwinnable`: Poll

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 20:53

London: As the UK and US plan to open talks with moderate Taliban leaders amid concern over the surge in death of British troops in Afghanistan, majority of people in Britain think the eight-year-long war is "unwinnable" and forces should be pulled out immediately, a poll said on Tuesday.
The public mood is switching rapidly against the war and
people do not believe it is worth sending reinforcements to

Fifty-eight per cent of those questioned by pollster
ComRes last week view the war as "unwinnable" and more than
half of voters (52 per cent) want troops to be withdrawn from
Afghanistan straight away, with 43 per cent disagreeing.

By a margin of nearly two-to-one, the public believes
that the Taliban cannot be defeated militarily. Opposition to
the military action is even stronger among women, the survey
report published in `The Independent` said.

The collapse in confidence in Britain`s involvement in
Afghanistan comes after the numbers killed in the action
exceeded those who died in Iraq. With the death of two
soldiers yesterday the toll of UK fatalities in the country
reached 191 since the US-led invasion of 2001.

Ministers are now backing moves by the Afghan government
to draw moderate Taliban fighters into the political process
by dividing them from hardcore militants, the paper said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 20:53

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