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The use of armed drones – or, as the Ministry of Defence prefers to call them, Remotely Piloted Air Systems – controlled from Lincolnshire (according to reports at the weekend) will not be remote in Afghanistan, where they will be a new source of fear, hovering 24/7 in the skies above the long-suffering civilian population of Helmand province.

The UK government no longer talks about winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan. That battle has been lost, the war is unwinnable, and the UK’s continuing military presence in Helmand, on the ground and in the skies, is part of the problem.

Ruth Marr

Grampian Road Stirling

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