SACRIFICES have to be made to improve the current conflict in Afghanistan, according to an Accrington war veteran whose three nephews have all served in the war-torn country.
Roy Lockwood, vice-chairman of the Church and Oswaldtwistle branch of the British Legion, said he doesn’t approve of killing and wars, but paid tribute to soldiers who lay their lives on the line.
The 72-year-old widower said: "I think so many UK soldiers being killed is terrible and it could get worse before it gets better, but we are bound to take casualties. These things are worth fighting for and I would think 90 per cent of our soldiers will believe that."
Having served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) during the 1950s in Egypt, former army man Roy’s comments come after July’s UK soldier death toll in Afghanistan rose sharply to 18.
The total UK soldier fatalities in Afghanistan now stands at 187 since operations began in 2001.
Roy, a grandfather-of-two, of Foxhill Bank Brow, Oswaldtwistle, said: "I have the birdseye view of the situation as my three nephews have just returned from Afghanistan. I don’t support killing and wars, but sometimes these things have to be done."
And Roy said none of his nephews complained of lack of equipment, despite critics of the war pressurising the Government into buying more helicopters.
"We didn’t even have helicopters when I was in the army so who knows," he added. "But my nephews said they had enough equipment and food while they were out there. With equipment, I think there could always be more. Unless you are actually there you don’t really know."
Roy added: "Thank goodness for the young men who stand up for the freedom of this country. Ultimately, I think it has got to be done and sacrifices have to be made. We are not going to win, but we may slow the Taliban down."
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