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Britain to double number of troops in Afghanistan

Britain to double number of troops in Afghanistan

Jul 11, 2018 - 08:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The number of British troops serving in Afghanistaninfo-icon is set to rise as Prime Minister Teresa May heads to Brussels for a key NATOinfo-icon summit.

Britain would contribute 440 more non-combat troops to the NATO mission in the war-torn country. This will increase number of UK soldiers will in the country to 1,090.

The Guardian reported on Wednesday Prime Minister Teresa May would announce the troop surge in her speech at the NATO summit in the Belgian capital.

Fifty percent of the additional service members will deploy from the Welsh Guards in August and the rest by February 2019. May’s predecessor David Cameron withdrew all combat troops four years ago.

But 450 soldiers stayed on to train Afghan forces. The surge comes at a critical time ahead of the parliamentary elections in October and amidst intensifying militant-linked violence.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was quoted as saying: “Lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan will help keep the streets of Britain safe and this uplift signals our unwavering commitment to realising that future.”

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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