UK soldier deaths rise to 201 in Afghanistan

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UK soldier deaths rise to 201 in Afghanistan

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Two more British soldiers have died in Afghanistan – taking the number of UK troops killed to 201 since the US-led invasion in 2001. One of the victims died in a British hospital from injuries sustained after a blast while on patrol in Helmand province last Thursday. The second was killed by an explosion in Helmand yesterday.

In recent months the British government’s strategy has come under intense criticism as the number of fatalities has increased. It is claimed the soldiers lack equipment and some of what they have is unable to provide adequate protection as the Taliban use improvised explosive devices to deadly effect. The UK has 9,000 troops in Afghanistan and while the majority of the British public say they support the campaign, a recent UK newspaper opinion poll said two-thirds of voters want the troops withdrawn at once or within a year.