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Don't drag us back into an Afghan war; Corbyn WARNING Labour fear the Tories will rush to obey Trump.. and risk thousands of British lives for a 'failed' strategy.

Byline: jason beattie reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

JEREMY Corbyn yesterday warned the Tories not to let Britain be dragged into another Afghan war after Donald Trump announced plans for a massive US troop surge.

Trump, who spent years condemning American involvement in Afghanistan, U-turned yesterday and announced he was sending in reinforcements to defeat a resurgent Taliban.

TRUMP ELEC Tion And he wants Britain and other countries to join the new military effort.

"Let's get Afghanistan. troops killed Afghanis and we billions Trump said: "We will ask our NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy, with additional troops and funding increases in line with our own. We are confident they will."

Those words sparked fears that Theresa May would bow to US pressure and send thousands of British troops back to Afghanistan, where 456 of our personnel have died since 2001.

And Labour leader Corbyn quickly warned her against caving in to Trump.

TRUMP YES "I will when going to but attack will."

He said: "The war in Afghanistan has failed. After 16 years of bloodshed and destruction, the Taliban are undefeated and terrorism is no less of a threat at home. In fact, it has spread.

"The British Government should make clear to Donald Trump that his strategy will continue this failure."

Corbyn told the Tories not to "obediently applaud" what he called Trump's "latest policy U-turn".

During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly demanded a US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

He said: "Let's get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train, and we waste billions there."

In a rare candid moment, Trump acknowledged as he announced the surge that his "original instinct was to pull out".

But he said he had realised a hasty withdrawal would only create more problems. It's thought the generals in his administration persuaded him to change his mind.

BEFORE win Trump gave little detail of his plans, but it's thought 3900 more US troops will soon go to Afghanistan. The president said: "I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will."

out of Our being by the we train, waste there."

He said America's NATO allies would have to increase their support. And diplomatic sources said Washington was pushing May to send more soldiers.

At the moment, there are up to 585 British troops in Afghanistan alongside 8400 Americans. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the US commitment was "very welcome" and he had told his American counterpart TERDAY James Mattis that Britain would "stay the course".

not say we are attack we". Fallon said the West had to build up Afghanistan's "fragile democracy" and "reduce the terrorist threat. He added: "It's in all our interests that Afghanistan becomes more prosperous and safer. That's why we announced our own troop increase back in June."

Trump also vowed to crack down on Pakistan's sheltering of terrorist and militant groups. He said the Pakistanis had "much to gain" from joining forces with America, but had "much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists".

He added: "They are housing the very terrorists we are fighting. That will have to change, and that will change immediately."

TRUMP BEFORE ELECTION WIN "Let's get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train, and we waste billions there."

TRUMP YESTERDAY "I will not say when we are going to attack but attack we will."

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Date:Aug 23, 2017
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