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Growing Taliban, Daesh threats, UK may double troops in Afghanistan

Growing Taliban, Daesh threats, UK may double troops in Afghanistan

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May 18, 2018 - 11:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Kingdom (UK) government consider to increase the number of its troops in Afghanistaninfo-icon to help tackle the growing threat posed by Daesh and the Talibaninfo-icon, British media has reported.

According to The Telegraph UK’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is understood to be keen to nearly double the number of soldiers in the country if he is able to authorise such a move.

It comes nearly two decades after Britain first deployed ground troops in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attack on the Worldinfo-icon Trade Centre in New York, and nearly four years after combat soldiers were withdrawn as Camp Bastion was handed over to Afghan security forces.

Britain has about 600 troops in Afghanistan at present, mainly based in Kabul training officers and not engaged in combat. There is also a small contingent of Special Forces, the guardian said.

The new deployment could see hundreds more return to Afghanistan. The UK withdrew almost all of its combat troops from the country in 2014.

Faced with a Taliban resurgence, the US, which has about 15,000 troops in the country supporting the Afghan military, asked the UK and other Natoinfo-icon countries last summer to send reinforcements. Britain responded with an extra 85.

Later in the year, Trump renewed the plea and the proposed new UK deployment is in response to that request by the US president. The hundreds more British troops are expected to be involved in training rather than combat.

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