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 Afghanistan.

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by pollster ComRes last week view the war as "unwinnable" and more than half of voters (52 per cent) want troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan straight away, with 43 per cent disagreeing.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