UK to Boost Troops in Afghanistan for Mission Resolute Support

Britain will double the presence of its troops for Mission Resolute Support in Afghanistan after agreeing to the request made by the US. The UK will send 440 more non-combat troops to Afghanistan as a part of it’s commitment to NATO and Operation Resolute Support. After the addition of troops, there would be a total of 1090 British troops in Afghanistan. Half of the additional troops will be deployed by August and then the rest by February 2019. 

Mission Resolute Support is a NATO-led train, advise and assist mission consisting of over 16,000 troops in war-torn Afghanistan. It is a follow-on mission to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) which was completed on December 28, 2014.

As reported by the BBC, the official announcement will be made by the UK Prime Minister at the Brussels NATO summit. May, the Prime Minister of Britain, said that this move will help establish peace and stability in Afghanistan. She said that the people of Afghanistan really deserve this peace and stability.

As of last month, the presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan was 16000. NATO troops from 39 different nations are present in Afghanistan. However, when the war was at its peak, the total number of NATO troops in Afghanistan was 130,000, and it involved troops from 50 nations.

Last year NATO had asked the UK to increase its troops in Afghanistan. After sending 440 more troops, the UK will become the third largest contributor to NATO’s train, advise and assist mission in war-torn Afghanistan.

The task of these 440 more combat troops will be to facilitate and secure the movement of international advisers in Afghanistan. As the British soldiers call it, it will be a task of ”armoured uber.”