UK to deploy more troops to Afghanistan

British-forces-AfghanistanThe British defense officials are mulling to send more troops to Afghanistan amid deteriorating security situation in the country.

According to reports, UK may deploy more than 100 soldiers to Afghanistan besides extending the training mission of the available forces in the country by at least a year.

The decision for the extension of the mission and deployment of the additional is expected to be announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron during the Warsaw Summit in July.

Britain is currently having 450 forces deployed in the country in the framework of the Resolute Support mission led by NATO to train, assist and advice the Afghan forces.

A source in Britain’s Ministry of Defense has said was ‘discussing options’ with other nations but, with the Taliban having gained significant ground in recent months and thousands of Islamic State fighters now spreading across the country, there are suggestions that the UK pulled out of Afghanistan too soon.

British soldiers were withdrawn in December 2014 – a year after the Prime Minister said they could come home knowing it was ‘mission accomplished’. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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