GORDON Brown has been urged by a grieving family to “stand up to the mark” to protect Our Boys in Afghanistan.
Relatives of Taliban blast victim Paul McAleese blame the PM for his death – and for leaving British soldiers horrendously exposed to enemy bombers.
In a devastating letter sent to Downing Street, they revealed how Rifles serjeant Paul told them – just before he and a colleague died – that he and his comrades were sitting ducks.
It said: “I believe they were not killed by the Taliban or the insurgents: they were killed by whoever sent them out there knowing that they did not have the equipment necessary to do it with any degree of safety.”
Paul – killed by a bomb while trying to reach a soldier hit by an earlier blast – blamed a chronic shortage of manpower, surveillance kit, vehicles and helicopters.
And the 29-year-old told how the situation was so dire that British troops were powerless to stop enemy fighters planting deadly devices just YARDS away from the gates of their base.
The letter to No10 was penned by new dad Paul’s furious father-in-law Stephen Minter with the support of the soldier’s widow Jo, mum Kim and sister Hayley.