Saturday, July 11, 2009

DC calls for more helicopters in Helmand Province

David Cameron paid tribute to the soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday and called on the Government to provide more helicopters for troops in Helmand Province immediately.

Eight British soldiers were killed across Afghanistan yesterday, in one of the bloodiest days since the start of the conflict.

David said, "This is dreadful news. The whole country will be shocked by the deaths of so many service personnel in a single day. My heart goes out to their loved ones.”

He stressed that every member of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan has the “support and the admiration” of the entire country.

And he made clear, “We owe it to them to ensure that we prevail in this mission for which they are putting their lives on the line.”

David called on the Government to provide the “key equipment our troops need” and stressed it was “a scandal” that our forces still lack the helicopters they require to move around Helmand Province.

“Promises of more helicopters in the future are not enough. More helicopters are needed today. More helicopters would save lives. We have been calling for more helicopters for three years. Instead of promising, the Government must act to provide more helicopters immediately."

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