The British Army is likely to send up to 440 more troops to Afghanistan to train the Afghan National Security Forces.
Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor tweeted:
1. Whispers tonight National Security Council to discuss increasing number of UK troops in Afhganistan tomorrrow, with govt likely to send another 440 to help train Afghan forces
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) June 25, 2018
She added that if agreed by the National Security Council, it would likely be announced in the “coming days” in the run up to the NATO summit. The decision would make the UK the 3rd largest contributor to Afghan security.
The move would come after The Guardian reported that the UK was ‘considering doubling the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan in response to a request from Donald Trump’.
Afghanistan is currently faced with a Taliban resurgence. This comes after the UK officially withdrew from the nation in 2014. The Taliban recently refused to extend a three-day ceasefire that had occurred over Eid.
“The support the UK provides Afghanistan on security, development and governance is crucial to building a stable state and reducing the terrorist threat to the UK. We remain committed to Nato’s non-combat Resolute Support mission, in which we play an important role, and keep our contribution under constant review”
The decision would also come after Nia Griffith, the shadow defence secretary, condemned “short-sighted and painful cuts” to defence, at a speech in London.