71% support Afghan withdrawal: poll

71% support Afghan withdrawal: poll

8:00pm Saturday 14th November 2009
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A large majority of voters wants British troops out of Afghanistan within a year, according to a new poll.

Some 71% of those quizzed by pollsters ComRes said they would back a phased withdrawal leading to an end of combat operations within 12 months, against 22% who disagreed.

And 47% said the continued deployment of the 9,000-strong UK force made terrorism at home more likely, against 44% who said it does not.

The findings, in the survey for the Independent on Sunday, came as the British deputy commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan spoke out about his son's horrific injuries after falling victim to a Taliban roadside bomb.

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