10 Years In Afghanistan – Remember The Dead
Wednesday September 14, 2011 14:34 by info@bristolstopwar
The mainstream media is marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Those who opposed and oppose the use of the attack on the World Trade Centre to justify attacks on countries throughout the Muslim world are also marking the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the start of the 'war on terror'.
Within days of 9/11 George Bush launched the 'war on terror'. He was quickly backed by Tony Blair. They told us that they would make the world safer. On October 7th 2001 Britain and America launched their attack on Afghanistan. The war has lasted almost as long as the First and Second World Wars combined. Tens of thousands of Afghans have died along with nearly 400 British soldiers and more than 1600 US soldiers. The average age of the British soldiers killed in Afghanistan is 22.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, Bristol Stop The War Coalition will be holding a 'Naming The Dead' ceremony on Saturday 24th September from 2pm on the Centre (opposite the Hippodrome). We will read the names of Afghan and British dead. Please join us and show the government the level of opposition to the continuing occupation of Afghanistan and the 'war on terror'.
Stop The War calls for the full and immediate withdrawal of all British troops from Afghanistan; an end to NATO bombing in Libya and an end to all interference there; and no extension of the war through attacks on Iran, military intervention in Syria or elsewhere.
For the text of the national Stop The War statement on ten years of the 'war on terror' see http://bit.ly/nU9pOn
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