Sunday, 16 August 2009

200th UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

The tragic toll of 200 UK soldier deaths in Afghanistan has been reached - a higher figure, lest we forget, than the total casualty rate for British troops in Iraq. Stop the War groups across the country are organising events during the next week to commemorate this occasion - and to assert the urgent need for all troops to be withdrawn from occupied Afghanistan. Many areas will hold 'Naming the dead' ceremonies, at which the names of British soldiers killed in the country will be read out. These events are also to commemorate the thousands of Afghan civilians who have lost their lives in the last 8 years of war, conflict and foreign occupation. The events already arranged include:

Monday 17 August, noon
The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London
Called by Stop the War Coalition - see for more on this (and updates on events elsewhere)

Saturday 22 August, 1pm
Grey's Monument, Newcastle
Called by Tyneside Stop the War

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