Mum of fallen Sunderland hero pleads with David Cameron to pull troops out of Afghanistan

Carla and Tom Cuthbertson
Carla and Tom Cuthbertson
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THE mum of Wearside war hero Nathan Cuthbertson has written a letter begging Prime Minister David Cameron to pull British troops out of Afghanistan.

Yesterday saw six servicemen killed in the war-torn country and Carla Cuthbertson decided that she had to write the heartfelt appeal.

Carla and Tom Cuthbertson

Carla and Tom Cuthbertson

Carla’s son Nathan was just 19 when he was killed in Helmand Province in 2008. Her youngest son Connan, 18, is now preparing to fly out to the same area to fight for his country next year.

Carla, of Tunstall, is now horrified at the thought the same tragedy could befall him.

In her letter to the Prime Minister, Carla wrote: “I beg you to end this bloodshed.”

Nathan was killed by a Taliban suicide bomber while carrying out a foot patrol almost four years ago.

EMBARGOED TO 21.30 Monday June 9.'Undated MoD handout photo of Private Nathan Cuthbertson, of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday June 8.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Issue date:  Monday June 9, 2008.  Three soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in southern Afghanistan today, taking the number of British military personnel killed in the country since 2001 to 100.  The men, from 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, were on a routine foot patrol near their base in the Upper Sangin Valley in Helmand Province when they were struck by an explosion.  See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan.  Photo credit should read:  MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire

EMBARGOED TO 21.30 Monday June 9.'Undated MoD handout photo of Private Nathan Cuthbertson, of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday June 8. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 9, 2008. Three soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in southern Afghanistan today, taking the number of British military personnel killed in the country since 2001 to 100. The men, from 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, were on a routine foot patrol near their base in the Upper Sangin Valley in Helmand Province when they were struck by an explosion. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: MoD Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Connan is now in the 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, based in Colchester, Essex.

Carla originally refused to sign consent forms to allow him to follow in Nathan’s footsteps but dad Tom relented when Connan said he would sign himself up when he was old enough.

Carla, 39, who is also mum to Blaine, 19, wrote: “In 2008 my eldest boy Nathan was killed in Afghanistan.

“I believed then he had died for a noble cause.

“Now, as I send my youngest son to war, I beg you to end this bloodshed.

“No more young men and women should die in this conflict.”

Yesterday’s tragedy saw six soldiers killed when their armoured vehicle was blown up.

It is thought the Warrior tank caught fire following the incident and then exploded.

It is the biggest single loss of life in Afghanistan since 2006 and takes the conflict’s death toll to 404 British lives.

Carla added: “Some people say we shouldn’t bring our troops home because then all those who have given their lives will have done so in vain.

“But I don’t want another parent, a wife, a child or a brother or sister to go through this torment I’m still living with four years down the line.

“I know what the families of those six soldiers will have gone through when they heard their loved ones had died.

“I know what that knock at the door is like.

“It’s like somebody ripping a hole in your body.”

Carla added: “We should bring them back, hand the country back to the Afghan people.”