Hello there everyone this is my first post here on arrse and I'd like to say hello to everyone. I have a few questions I'd like to ask as I'm preparing an essay for joining my branch of the army and I want to make sure all my information is correct and who better to ask than the lads and ladies here. I've been raking through the internet and news sources all day preparing for my specialist interview tomorrow and I want everything to be perfect. I also need to read up on current affairs as well. Okay here we go: The British Government's Foreign Policy I'm really having trouble finding a document or piece of definitive information on this. The British Army's involvement in Afghanistan: From what I can tell the british armies involvement in afghanistan is 9500 troops deployed as a multi-national security force consisting of NATO forces. Mostly concentrated in the Helmand region providing support for the Afghan government and providing counter insurgency. This includes RM, Navy and RAF equiptment and personnel. It's also involved in repairing and rebuilding the infrastructure in the country as well as providing humanitarian aid. The history and ideology of the Taliban The Taliban ruled most of afghanistan from 1996 onwards enforcing a strict sharia law. They are engaged in an insurgency with NATO forces in afghanistan after they were removed from power by operation enduring freedom. Their rise to power originated after the soviet invasion of afghanistan floundered and the communist government disintegrated in 1992. They are supplied and trained by the ISI of the pakistani government. They're main source of finance is opium crops which are used to create opiods such as morphine, thebaine, codeine and oripavine. The Taliban have little/ no regard for civilian casualties nor do they practice the geneva convention.