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PUBLISHED: 12:53 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:20 25 August 2010

LESS than 10 per cent of residents polled want our troops to stay in Afghanistan. A street poll by your Times revealed that a staggering 72 per cent of people wanted our troops home, whilst only 9.8 per cent think they should stay, leaving 18 per cent u

LESS than 10 per cent of residents polled want our troops to stay in Afghanistan.

A street poll by your Times revealed that a staggering 72 per cent of people wanted our troops home, whilst only 9.8 per cent think they should stay, leaving 18 per cent undecided.

The lack of support for the eight-year-old war stems from the sight of a weak Afghan government, a rampaging Taliban and our soldiers' death toll reaching 232, at the time of going to press.

One of the 61 polled, Joan Grice, 64, from Sidcup said: "It is absolutely criminal. If they want to fight each other they should send our boys back. They should never have been sent there. If we go into war who are we going to send? We won't have any young boys left. We will have old men."

Other residents said our efforts should be spent solving the Middle East crisis.

Giancarlo Nassimbeni, 69, from Bexley, said: "We are just there for the oil. The only way to live in peace is to get the Jews out of Palestine."

Critics have claimed there is a lack of equipment for troops, while several military commanders have resigned.

Susan Phelps, 66, from Sidcup, said: "I just don't think they have achieved much since they have been there. It has been going on for hundreds of years. I just don't know how families cope when they love their child in Afghanistan. The last two or three months have been terrible."

President Barack Obama is due to decide whether more US troops will be deployed - a decision that could affect Britain's 9,000 troops. America has lost approximately 830 soldiers in the war.

NATO leaders said on Tuesday they expected member states to commit more troops to train Afghanistan's expanding security forces

Sidcup support worker, Janet Alungu, 44, said: "We are fighting a war that we are not winning. The Afghans need to appreciate what our troops are doing for them such as building schools."

Florist Tara Ford, 40, from Eltham, said: "I support our troops but I don't think one of them should be wasted on Afghanistan. The Muslim faith sees each person as a cell of the whole and al-Qaeda have warped that."

But former teaching assistant Maria Clifford, 53, from Sidcup, wants our troops to stay put. She said: "We should be there because life would be much more difficult for the women. They would be even more repressed than they are now because of the Taliban.

"If there isn't some attempt to control the Taliban then we would be feeling the repercussions here in England.

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