British Armed Forces Increase #Afghanistan Support
Britain’s increased support to Afghanistan is already helping the country to build a more secure and stable future, Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning has announced.
According to a press release from the British Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Armed Forces Minister confirms increase in support to Afghanistan – News stories – GOV.UK
Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning made the announcement during his first visit to Afghanistan this month.
British combat operations in Afghanistan ended in 2014, but Britain’s Armed Forces continue to support the Afghan military.
Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning said:
Britain has an enduring commitment to Afghanistan. This year we’re stepping up our support to the country, and have deployed 50 extra personnel, some of whom I visited at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy, where the next generation of Afghan army leaders are being trained. The UK, along with our NATO Allies, is committed for the long term to developing the ever more capable Afghan National Security and Defence Forces to ensure Afghanistan is not a safe haven for terrorists.
In 2016, the British Government committed to providing £210 million to the Afghan military and security forces in an agreement that would last until 2020.
Photo: Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning in Afghanistan (MOD/Crown Copyright).