Boris Johnson Says ‘Never a Perfect Moment to Withdraw Forces From Afghanistan’

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Earlier this week, the UK media reported that a small number of Special Air Service (SAS) personnel, a special forces unit of the British Army, will stay in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of western troops from the country.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told lawmakers that all British troops are returning to the UK from the South Asian country, adding that the majority of personnel has already been withdrawn.

The prime minister said the UK did not underestimate the challenge of the NATO mission in Afghanistan and pledged to continue supporting Kabul after the troop withdrawal.

The remarks were followed by Britain’s Chief of the Defence Staff Nick Carter warning it was “plausible” that the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan may result in a significant deterioration of the situation there.

The situation may look like the country’s 1990s civil war “where you would see a culture of warlordism and you might see some of the important institutions like security forces fracturing along ethnic, or for that matter, tribal lines”, Carter claimed.

This came after The Telegraph cited an unnamed former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier as saying that a small number of the UK’s special forces will stay in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the international contingent from the country.

The ex-serviceman claimed the SAS troops would “provide training to Afghan units and deploy with them…

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