We have a job to do - Ipswich soldier

DESPITE suffering one of the bloodiest battles in Afghanistan since the fighting began, an Ipswich soldier is today adamant their presence is vital.

DESPITE suffering one of the bloodiest battles in Afghanistan since the fighting began, an Ipswich soldier is today adamant their presence is vital.

With the deaths of eight British soldiers in 24 hours, the conflict in the war-torn country has continued to hit the headlines, as opposition leaders question whether they are properly equipped.

Alasdair Ross, a ward councillor from Rushmere, who was called out of army retirement to serve on the frontline in Afghanistan a few months ago, has seen the unfolding events at first hand.

Five of the eight killed belonged to his regiment, the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, but despite the tragedy, he believes in the cause of protecting and improving the lives of the civilians, and is grateful to the people of Ipswich for their support.

The father of two from Ipswich said: “We will not turn and we will carry on as we believe in this just cause.

“I would like to thank all the people of Ipswich for their support of our troops.”

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