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Majority of people in United Kingdom still against Afghan war

By Jane Fazackarley     Oct 7, 2009 in World
A new survey carried out by the BBC indicates that most people in the United Kingdom are still against the war in Afghanistan.
More than 1,000 people took part in the poll which coincided with the eighth year since the war in Afghanistan started. A total of 56 percent of those taking part said they were still against the war and 37 percent were for it. Others taking part in the survey were uncertain about the war or did not give an answer.
There was only a small increase in the percentage of people against the Afghanistan war, even with the increasing death toll over the past year.
A survey taken back in 2006 showed 53 percent were against the war and 31 percent were for it.
More than 9,000 members of the British army are currently deployed in Afghanistan. Since the war began in 2001, 220 members of the British military have lost their lives.
The survey shows 65 percent of women were against the war and 50 percent of men questioned were also against the military action.
A meeting is scheduled for Thursday to discuss resourcing for the Afghanistan war, but Britain will speak with its allies before making any final decisions on deployment of troops.
The new head of the Army, General Sir David Richards, is said to want 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan, although it is considered likely the government will only deploy another 500.
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