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Britain's 100 Years Of Conflict

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British forces are set to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. If 2015 is a year of peace for the UK, it will be the first for at least 100 years. Here the Guardian charts every conflict in which British forces have engaged since 1914


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Fascinating. Members of my family have been involved in 8 of these conflicts. We were lucky - of the 8 involved, half of them survived their wars - one of the four survivors took his own life within 3 years of returning. No wonder I was concerned when my son was in his war zones!

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The generals are beside themselves, Whitehall's in a panic. After generations of continuous warfare, the British public has had enough. They're war-weary, the mandarins fret, and believe the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have been bloody failures.

Worse, multicultural Britain is increasingly hostile to troops marching into countries from which British citizens or their families came, defence ministry officials complain, especially as one war after another has been waged in the Muslim world.

Add to that the unprecedented vote in parliament last year to stop an attack on Syria and the governing elite is convinced its right to decide issues of war and peace without democratic interference is under threat. As the former Tory Middle East minister Alistair Burt insisted: "Politicians need space and time to take unpopular action."

Most humiliating for London's securocrats, Barack Obama's former defence secretary has warned that British military cuts – which by some measures have put the country behind Saudi Arabia as the world's fourth largest arms spender – threaten the country's defence "partnership" with the US.

The occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan have been bloody failures.

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