London – A possible decision by Britain to double the number of troops in Afghanistan without public consultation and yet again in answer to a plea by the US, would further sour the reputation of the UK globally, damage relations between the government and Muslim communities, and more than likely lead to further violence.
The ICC is still investigating allegations of human rights abuses by British forces in Afghanistan, which arose as far back as 2002.
A troop surge will increase the likelihood of more abuse, which will lead to more resentment and more violence. The occupation has been ongoing for almost 17 years and has had a catastrophic effect on Afghan society.
Moazzam Begg, CAGE outreach director, said:
“There is absolutely no evidence that attacks in the West have been coordinated by the Afghan Taliban, so selling this move to the public will be extremely difficult, especially since Cameron claimed “mission accomplished” in Afghanistan before leaving office. Britain should not repeat past mistakes. Instead of joining another misadventure, the UK should advise Trump to pull out and join him in that.”
“A negotiated settlement is the only way forward. This has always been possible with the Afghan Taliban, but their precondition is withdrawal of all occupation forces. Negotiations between the Afghan Taliban and the USA in 2014 led to the prisoner exchange of Private Bowe Bergdahl and the five Taliban leaders held in Guantanamo. As the Spring offensive continues, more British troops would only escalate the conflict and harden the Taliban’s resolve.”
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