Apsana Begum: 'UK should follow US in calling for end to military operations remaking countries'
Apsana Begum MP, Poplar and Limehouse
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In the past month I received a large number of enquiries and cases as the situation in Afghanistan unfolded.
I have been responding to those who are concerned about effective responses by the government, and those fleeing the country themselves.
I believe the government failed to do all they could to help these vulnerable people and disgracefully put even more people’s lives at risk.
The government has announced a resettlement programme for 5,000 displaced Afghans this year. This is too few given estimates of half a million fleeing the country this year alone.
In the United States, President Biden called for an end to “an era of major military operations to remake other countries”.
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Given the huge loss of life in the disastrous and tragic wars over the last two decades - in particular in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya - it is time that the UK government does the same.
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