Anti-war activists hold ceremony

Anti-war activists will hold a "naming the dead" ceremony in London today as part of their campaign to bring British troops home from Afghanistan.

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Labour MP: Afghanistan war 'unwinnable'

Members of military families will join Labour MP Paul Flynn at today's ceremony, who was suspended from parliament over comments he made about the conflict in Afghanistan.

We are fighting an unwinnable war of occupation and the sooner we follow our former coalition partners in withdrawing from the country the better. Unfortunately successive governments have failed to realise this and continue putting the lives of our soldiers at risk, repeating the tired mantra that they are reducing the threat of terrorism in the UK in doing so.

– Labour MP Paul Flynn

About 500 British troops are due to return home by the end of this year, leaving a further 9,000 to return by the end of 2014.

The number of members of UK forces to have died since operations began in October 2001 now stands at 433, and the US toll has now hit 2,000.

Anti-war activists hold 'naming the dead' ceremony

Anti-war activists will hold a "naming the dead" ceremony today as part of their campaign to bring British troops home from Afghanistan.

MPs will join the event in central London, after which members of military families will deliver a letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to bring the troops home by Christmas. It is signed by 19 members of families who have or have had loved ones in Afghanistan.

The ceremony will take place in London today. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The event comes on the 11th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

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