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Do UK troops in Afghanistan have the right back up?
Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth came under criticism on Monday over a shortage of military equipment in Afghanistan, where 15 British soldiers have been killed in the past two weeks.
The deaths highlight the shortage of helicopters, especially Chinooks, which can carry large numbers of troops and equipment over long distances, say the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
The parties argue that the troops are in difficult circumstances and too vulnerable on the ground.
More helicopters and vehicles will be sent to the war zone next year, Ainsworth said. For now, helicopter flying hours have been increased.
Should the government spend more on equipment for British troops in Afghanistan now, or should they wait until next year?