Why did the UK fight in Afghanistan?
British soldiers were first sent to Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11 to root out the terrorists of Al-Qaeda. No terror attack has been launched from the country ever since. The Afghan people have had 20 years free of the brutality of Taliban government.
Has Britain still got troops in Afghanistan?
The UK currently has about 150 to 170 personnel on the ground in Afghanistan, and says it has obligations to remove up to 4,000 Afghan personnel who have worked for Britain during its military campaign that started in 2001.
How many times can a soldier be deployed?
Soldiers on active duty can be deployed anytime, for a period of 12 consecutive months or more sometimes. Soldiers in World War Two deployed for the entire war and could be gone for four to five years.
Where are the British troops stationed in Afghanistan?
British troops are now stationed in Kabul (and have been since 2015) where they take a leading role in operations and keeping Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorism. In turn, keeping the streets of Kabul safe, keeps terrorists off the streets of the UK.
Why did the UK go to war in Afghanistan?
Back in December 2003, I told a NATO military conference that the George W Bush’s decision to invade and occupy Afghanistan in 2001 was a colossal error of grand strategy, which had plunged America and her allies (meaning in particular Tony Blair’s Britain) into an endless military entanglement with no exit strategy.
Why are there so many troops in Afghanistan?
The US and the Taliban have signed an agreement aimed at paving the way towards peace in Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict. Under the deal, the US and its Nato allies will withdraw all their troops from the country in 14 months if the hardline Islamist movement upholds its commitments to stop attacks.
Why did the international forces withdraw from Afghanistan?
When international forces withdrew from fighting, Afghan forces left to lead the charge were easily overwhelmed. To make matters worse, Afghanistan’s government, that is full of tribal division, is often hamstrung. The BBC was given exclusive access to spend a week with ambulance workers in Afghanistan.