UK to keep 450 troops throughout 2016
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UK Defence Ministry on Tuesday announced the kingdom would uphold its current military commitment of around 450 British troops in Afghanistan throughout 2016, also emphasising support for the NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.
British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon informed parliament on Tuesday that the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces had shown dedication and professionalism in response to the challenges they faced, since taking leadership of the country’s security.
“Maintaining our military presence will provide crucial assistance to them as they continue to grow stronger. It underlines our resolve to help build a safe and prosperous Afghanistan.”
Non-combat roles being carried out by UK Armed Forces personnel include mentoring instructors in the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA), advising in the Afghan Security Ministries and providing vital support to NATO’s mission in Kabul, including leading the Kabul Security Force.
The UK pledge follows US President Obama’s announcement that the US would also uphold its military presence throughout 2016.
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