Ben Knight's father slams Afghanistan campaign

Bridgwater Mercury: Sgt Ben Knight died on September 2 2006 when the Nimrod MR2 plane carrying him and 13 servicemen exploded in Afghanistan Sgt Ben Knight died on September 2 2006 when the Nimrod MR2 plane carrying him and 13 servicemen exploded in Afghanistan

BRITAIN'S military campaign in Afghanistan is going backwards, according to the father of a Bridgwater airman killed in the country three years ago.

Graham Knight spoke to the Mercury after the third anniversary of the death of his son, Sgt Ben Knight.

Ben, a former head boy at East Bridgwater Community School, was killed along with 13 other servicemen when their Nimrod plane exploded over Kandahar on September 2, 2006.

Graham Knight said this week: “Ben would have wanted a better situation in Afghanistan and I do not agree with what's going on there at the moment.

“There is only so much the public can take of seeing soldiers being brought through Wootton Bassett - it is starting to grate on everyone.”

The war in Afghanistan has come under closer scrutiny in recent weeks with the number of British troop deaths passing 200 and allegations of corruption surrounding the country's recent elections.

Mr Knight added: “We were told the whole reason the country went into Afghanistan was to stop Al-Qaeda planting bombs in this country, but now they have moved away, why are we still there? We were told it was winnable.

“We have gone backwards since invading in 2001 and, if you look at the figures, more men have died since 2006 than in the four years previous to it.

“I would like the think the situation in the country will improve but our country is losing more troops than any other country involved in Afghanistan.”

Graham has added a tribute to his son via his memorial website, which can be found by clicking the related link.

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7:32am Wed 9 Sep 09

junction23 says...

Get over it........ Mr Knight, I am sorry your son has died but this type of tragedy happens everyday to people of all ages. The terrorist threat never goes away and as a former service man of 23 years i knew the risks involved in this type of career and so did my parents when they signed their consent for me to join. All you are doing is undermining the moral of our troops out in the field – why not support them.
Get over it........ Mr Knight, I am sorry your son has died but this type of tragedy happens everyday to people of all ages. The terrorist threat never goes away and as a former service man of 23 years i knew the risks involved in this type of career and so did my parents when they signed their consent for me to join. All you are doing is undermining the moral of our troops out in the field – why not support them. junction23

11:17pm Wed 9 Sep 09

townrunbyclowns says...

pull the troops out of Afghanistan..and nuke the place!!
pull the troops out of Afghanistan..and nuke the place!! townrunbyclowns

12:38am Thu 10 Sep 09

s.a.m says...

how can Mr Knight get over losing his son the first comment on this post was a disgrace...
R.I.P Ben and all the other soliders who have lost their lives doing a job they wanted to do.
how can Mr Knight get over losing his son the first comment on this post was a disgrace... R.I.P Ben and all the other soliders who have lost their lives doing a job they wanted to do. s.a.m

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