Over the past year, the situation in Afghanistan has further destabilized, with the Taliban and other militant groups mounting attacks and gaining ground in the south Asian country.
The UK government has unveiled plans to almost double the number of British military personnel in Afghanistan, responding to an appeal for assistance by US President Donald Trump, The Independent reported on Wednesday.
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The additional deployment of troops was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May, and will increase the size of Britain’s contingent of forces in Afghanistan to almost 1,100 personnel.
Close to half of the troops will be deployed from the Welsh Guards next month, while the rest will arrive in Afghanistan before next February.
Trump announced in 2017 that Washington would be sending reinforcements to the war-torn country in response to the deteriorating situation there, and called on other NATO members to follow suit.
“In committing additional troops to the Train Advise Assist operation in Afghanistan we have underlined once again that when NATO calls the UK is among the first to answer. [This deployment] bring the stability and security that the Afghan people deserve,” PM May said, responding to Trump’s request.