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UK prime minister pays tribute to troops as Afghanistan death toll reaches 100

UK prime minister pays tribute to troops as Afghanistan death toll reaches 100

Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid tribute to troops serving in Afghanistan on Monday, a day after the British death toll in the conflict reached 100.
Three British soldiers died in a suicide attack Sunday in Afghanistan's Upper Sangin Valley.
"The risks they bear and the sacrifices they make should be in our thoughts, not just today but every day," Brown said. "They have paid the ultimate price, but they have achieved something of lasting value _ helping turn a lawless region sheltering terrorists into an emerging democracy."
Britain has about 7,300 soldiers in southern Afghanistan fighting alongside U.S., Canadian, Dutch, and local Afghan forces.
The head of Britain's armed forces, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, and British Defense Secretary Des Browne released a joint statement on Sunday, insisting their forces were beating back the Taliban.
"Every one of those deaths is a tragedy," Stirrup said. "Nothing can ever compensate for the loss felt by their loved ones and to them all I extend my deepest sympathies."
Then he added: "Make no mistake, the Taliban influence is waning, and through British blood, determination and grit, a window of opportunity has been opened."
Main opposition Conservative party leader David Cameron said the death toll was a reminder of the sacrifices the military makes.
"We owe so much to young servicemen and women who risk their lives to fight on our behalf," he said in a statement. "The death toll having now reached 100 serves as a tragic reminder of how brave and courageous they are."


Updated : 2021-04-20 22:41 GMT+08:00