A military court has sentenced a former solider, Joe Glenton, to nine months imprisonment for refusing to participate in military action in Afghanistan after he developed a conscientious opposition to the war.
The Prime Minister has admitted that Britain’s participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has cost UK taxpayers over £18billion. He told the Iraq Inquiry that invading Iraq was “the right decision and made for the right reasons".
Joe Glenton, a British soldier who refused to return to Afghanistan after developing a principled opposition to the war, has been re-arrested and charged with five more offences following his part in an anti-war demonstration.
Politicians and generals have been struggling to justify the Afghan war after a poll revealed the extent of public opposition. They have put forward different, and at times contradictory, arguments for keeping UK troops in Afghanistan.
Campaigners from across the country will join with serving soldiers and military families tomorrow (24 October) to call for an end to the Afghan war. They include Joe Glenton, who is facing court-martial for refusing to return to Afghanistan.