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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

At Least 1,000 British Troops 'Desert' Since Iraq War, BBC Reports

At least 1,000 troops have deserted the armed forces since the US-led war was launched in Iraq three years ago, the BBC reported. Britain's defence ministry said however it knew of only "a handful of deserters since 1989".
During 2005 alone, 377 people deserted and are still missing, the British Broadcasting Corporation said on its website, adding that so far this year another 189 are on the run. Without explaining how it arrived at the figures, it said some 900 deserters have evaded capture since the Iraq war started in March 2003. Lawmaker John McDonnell told parliament on Monday that the "number of abscondees has trebled since the invasion of Iraq" as he registerd opposition to a government bill to sentence deserters to a maximum of life in prison.


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