Afghanistan conflict not stopping terrorism, say almost half of Britons

Almost half the country believes the war in Afghanistan is doing nothing to reduce the threat of terrorism on Britain’s streets, according to a poll.

On the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in the US, 49 per cent of people interviewed in a Populus survey for ITV News said military operations in Afghanistan were not reducing the terror threat in the UK.

A further 27 per cent said the war was reducing the threat of terrorism but did not justify the loss of UK service personnel, with just 17 per cent saying that Britain’s continuing military presence in the country makes a terrorist attack less likely and goes some way to justifying British military deaths.

The poll suggests a growing lack of support for the war in Afghanistan following a bloody summer which has seen the British military death toll since the start of operations in October 2001 rise to 213.

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