Page last updated at 11:17 GMT, Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Westminster Hall

The Labour MP Paul Flynn has called for troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan, during a Westminster Hall debate on 8 December 2009 on the military strategy in the country.

The debate was held on the week that it was announced the 100th death of a British soldier in Afghanistan in 2009.

Mr Flynn claimed that British involvement in Helmand province had led to increased instability, and a higher risk to the UK's own security.

President Barack Obama recently announced a surge of 30,000 extra US troops and Nato has also pledged at least 5,000 extra troops from non-US members.

Gordon Brown has confirmed that 500 additional UK troops will be sent to Afghanistan, taking the total British deployment to over 10,000.

Paul Flynn has said he believes the Afghan mission is "doomed to fail", but described Mr Obama's decision to name an exit date as "courageous".


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