Action necessary to disable al-Qaeda
16 November 2009: Soon after the government claimed the number of asylum seekers in the UK would go up with the withdrawal of troops from war-torn Afghanistan, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is all set to say troop-deployment in country has also helped in disabling al-Qaeda this year.
In an apparent bid to gather public support, Brown has made it clear that he vigorously defends the action in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as al-Qaeda today was the biggest source of threat to the national security; and to the security of people’s lives in Britain.
It is believed Brown will try to offer voters a positive view of the campaign, which so far has cost the lives of 233 British troops. Only on Sunday a soldier from The Rifles was shot dead near Sangin in Helmand province. The assertion is expected to come at a time when a recent poll revealed that seven out of 10 British want the UK forces out of Afghanistan within a year
Brown believes compared to any year since the original invasion in 2001, more has been planned and enacted in past one year to disable al Qaeda.
Available information suggests Brown will say the Western military deployment has put al Qaeda on the back foot, while simultaneously warning the withdrawing the troop can have dangerous implications.
Brown is expected to say make no mistake, al-Qaida has an extensive recruitment network across Africa the Middle East, western Europe – and in the UK. They know there are still several hundred foreign fighters based in the FATA area of Pakistan traveling to training camps to learn bomb making and weapons skills.