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Last Updated: Saturday July 11 2009 11:16 GMT

British troops die in Afghanistan

British soldier in Afghanistan

Eight British soldiers have died while fighting in Afghanistan in 24 hours.

That is the largest number of British troops who have died in one day since the war there began in 2001.

Some people are worried that soldiers don't have the right equipment, and others don't think British soldiers should be there in the first place.

But the government says that it's important UK forces are in Afghanistan to stop terrorists there who could attack Britain.

They say that our troops will stay there until Afghan soldiers can keep their country safe without our help.

The UK Chief of Defence Staff, Sir Jock Stirrup, says that Britain had "taken some very sad casualties over the last several days" but insisted the terrorists were losing the war.