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PUBLISHED: 10:19 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:12 23 August 2010

BAND E TIMOR, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 4: British Army soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment on patrol during strike operation Southern Beast on August 4, 2008 in Maywand District in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The British Army soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment spearheaded a strike operation in the Maywand District of the Kandahar Province, setting the conditions for a permanent ISAF presence to support the Afghan National Government in their fight against the Taliban. Striking within one of Afghanistan's major opium producing areas the Paratroopers were looking for weapons, drugs, and individuals related to the Taliban. During the operation about seventy kilograms of opium was seized and some weapons were recovered. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

BAND E TIMOR, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 4: British Army soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment on patrol during strike operation Southern Beast on August 4, 2008 in Maywand District in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The British Army soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment spearheaded a strike operation in the Maywand District of the Kandahar Province, setting the conditions for a permanent ISAF presence to support the Afghan National Government in their fight against the Taliban. Striking within one of Afghanistan's major opium producing areas the Paratroopers were looking for weapons, drugs, and individuals related to the Taliban. During the operation about seventy kilograms of opium was seized and some weapons were recovered. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

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Reporter poll reveals what you think of the Afghan war AS the borough pauses to remember those who have died in conflict, an exclusive poll by the Reporter reveals 74 per cent of residents want our troops brought home from Afghanistan. The poll conducte

BRING TROOPS HOME: Ray Everson.

Reporter poll reveals what you think of the Afghan war

AS the borough pauses to remember those who have died in conflict, an exclusive poll by the Reporter reveals 74 per cent of residents want our troops brought home from Afghanistan.

The poll conducted on the streets of Gravesend town centre this week shows that only 26 out of 100 residents surveyed think our troops should remain in the war torn country.

On Sunday the Mayor of Gravesham Bronwen McGarrity and leader of Gravesham Borough Council Mike Snelling, led remembrance services at the war memorial in Windmill Gardens, Gravesend, followed by services across the borough at 11am yesterday (Wednesday) on Armistice Day. Our poll comes as the remains of six British troops were flown back from Afghanistan to the UK on Tuesday, including five who were shot dead by a rogue Afghan policeman they were training.

It brings the death toll of serviceman killed in the country to 230 since we invaded to fight the Taliban in 2001.

Josephine Hammond, of Redhurst Crescent, Gravesend, said: "We should pull them out.

"I just don't think they should be there to be quite honest. continued on page 2

It has been going on for too long and too many people are losing their lives and clearly it is not getting better."

Bal Hayer, 24, Clarence Place, Gravesend, said: "I don't know why we are out there. It is just ridiculous that we are fighting a war where we don't seem to stand to gain anything from it, and are just sacrificing lives."

Ann Hall, 66, New Road, Gravesend, added: "They are in a war they cannot win. The history of that country and the Taliban shows it.

"I know it is terrible what will happen to that country if we leave but the Russians attacked it when they were a super power and could not win so what does that tell you?"

Last Thursday Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that it was vital that Britain has a military presence in the country to counter the threat of extremists operating in the area.

He said: "If we are to defend Britain properly from this terrorist threat, then it is not enough simply to defend ourselves here.

"We have got to make sure that we diminish the effect of those people who are planning terrorist activities on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

"If we let the Taliban back into control in Afghanistan, then Al Qaeda will have an even bigger base in which to move."

Some residents agreed that troops should remain in the country, saying that if we were to pull out now, servicemen who have already been killed will have lost their lives for nothing.

Mark Springhall, St Dunstan's Drive, Gravesend, added: "If you pull out now the Taliban will have Afghanistan and we will have more trouble over here.

"I don't like the fact that so many of our soldiers are dying, so it is a double edged sword, but I think we have to keep fighting.

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