After the United States announced to keep US Armed Forces in Afghanistan till 2017 last week, word from the United Kingdom arrived announcing that British troops, in quantity of 450 men, will stay posted in Afghanistan till 2016. The word comes from British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. The troops will stay in Afghanistan for non-combat missions. These troops will effectively train the Afghan army for the remainder of their stay in the region in their battle against terrorism. Fallon said,
Both the US and our own decisions underline NATO’s continued commitment to training and assisting Afghan forces as they grow stronger… We have no concluded that we should maintain the scale of the UK’s current military mission in the country till 2016, to help build a secure and stable Afghnistan.
Fallon provided a comprehensive explanation as to the role British troops will play in the region stating that they were involved in training the Afghan army officers as they increase in numbers. He further said that the British troops will support NATO operations in Kabul as well. The President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, welcomed this decision and said,
[International support for the Afghan army] augments the commitment and effectiveness of these forces to fulfill their grand mission, and further boosts their morale. The government of Afghanistan thanks its international partners like Britain for their assistance.
Britain previously did not make any concrete announcements as to when the troops will be removed from Afghanistan however, they did establish the fact that British forces, in limited numbers, will at least see 2015 to the end. Obama on the other hand made a campaign promise of removal of United States Forces from Afghanistan. He went back on his word and maintained that a force of 9,800 men will stay in the region through 2016 while the forces will be tapered off starting 2017. The more countries that are involved in this “war”, the more lives are at risk which can never be good for peace in the region as a whole. Hopefully, the two forces together can stop cross-border militant movement as it is troublesome for both Afghanistan and Pakistan.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.