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Dead soldier returns home to Sweden

Dead soldier returns home to Sweden

Published: 20 Oct 2010 08:01 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Oct 2010 08:01 GMT+02:00

Wallin's body arrived in a Hercules at Ärna airport outside Uppsala shortly before 8pm on Tuesday to be met by his family, defence minister Sten Tolgfors, and a homecoming ceremony of Armed Forces' colleagues.

Several colleagues from Wallin's unit in Afghanistan accompanied their comrade's body.

With a sombre drum roll the assembled welcoming party awaited the Hercules plane as spotlights drowned the coffin, swept in a Swedish flag on the lowered ramp.

The soldiers enclosed around the stationary plane, with several home on leave from Afghanistan.

Supreme Commander Sverker Göransson accompanied the relatives and senior officers in approaching the ramp. Göransson climbed up to the coffin, lay a medal on performed a long salute for Wallin, the sixth Swedish citizen to die in Afghanistan.

The two soldiers seriously injured in a separate incident in Afghanistan on Monday remained in a stable condition.

One man, born in 1984 and from the Gothenburg area, has very serious injuries but his life is not deemed to be in threat. The other, a 29-year-old from Medelpad, has serious injuries.

In a further incident on Tuesday, Swedish troops came under fire near Darzab in Afghanistan. No one was hurt in the skirmish and the Swedes were able to call in air support and retreat without returning fire.

The Swedish soldiers involved in the gunfire are reported to belong to a so-called mentor group tasked with training Afghanistan army personnel.

A growing number of Swedes want the withdrawal of their troops stationed in Afghanistan, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

When asked "should Sweden bring home its troops from Afghanistan?", 47 percent of 1,000 people surveyed said "yes" and 36 percent said "no", according to a Sifo poll published in the Aftonbladet tabloid.

The remaining 17 percent said they did not know.

In a similar Sifo poll in July, 42 percent answered "yes" to the same question and 41 percent said "no".

Sweden is officially neutral and not a member of NATO, but has about 600 troops and civilians taking part in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) battling the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The future of Swedish troops in Afghanistan is to be debated soon in the Swedish parliament.

The centre-right minority government is in favour of continuing and even extending the mission while the leftwing opposition wants to set an exit date.

The far-right Sweden Democrats have also said they want Swedish troops to be called home although they have yet to commit to which way they would vote on the issue.

According to a report in the Dagens Nyheter daily Tuesday, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt -- a strong supporter of Sweden's participation in ISAF -- are about to reach a compromise with opposition leader Mona Sahlin on the issue.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

01:31 October 26, 2010 by VickiD
In an ideal world, there wouldn't be a war and it wouldn't be an issue. The question shouldn't be about how many Swedes are dying for a homeland not their own. The question should be does Sweden still believe in the task at hand? Ask someone who has served with the Afghan trainee soldiers Kenneth Wallin and his colleagues have been supporting, people who are trying to defend their homeland from the inside out, without the benefit of a Western education and the supposedly open mind that goes with it… If those men and women can hand on heart say it's not worth it, that's the only point Sweden, or the UK or even the US, should even start thinking about pulling out.

It's one thing to shout on behalf of our soldiers being sent out ill-equipped and ill-prepared, to speak up for their right to top healthcare and the best quality of life on their return. It's something else to patronize and minimize the excellent job they're doing over there and the sacrifices they're making every day. Sorry to be so British about this, but it's time to mention the War... If Churchill and co had been so closely scrutinized / criticised on a daily / hourly basis by the media, and the voices of those with self-interest closest to heart had prevailed, the world would be a very different place now. One zealot's twisted, simplistic, overwhelming vision could easily have outlasted any sane person's tolerance for war. Who wouldn't want to stick their head in the sand after all these years of one step forward, two steps back? But that doesn't make it the right thing to do.
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