More British troops to Afghanistan

#1
It's official...

The strength of British forces in Iraq is to be reduced, while more troops are to be sent to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, the head of military operations said yesterday.

The Iraq force will decrease in "battalion chunks" following the elections expected at the end of this year, Air Marshal Glenn Torpy said.


By next year the British contingent of 1,000 in Afghanistan is likely to be increased considerably as the Army, backed by RAF Harrier jets, move into more dangerous parts of the country to combat the growing heroin trade and to hunt down remaining Taliban.

Foremost among the soldiers deployed will be the new Ranger battalion of the 1st Bn of the Parachute Regiment, which will "cut its teeth" in support of SAS missions.

The Army's new Apache attack helicopter, which came into service last month as part of 16 Air Assault brigade, is also likely to make its battlefield debut, said Air Marshal Torpy, who is chief of operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood.

The Afghanistan deployment was dependent on the situation in the Middle East becoming "manageable" although Air Marshal Torpy expected a "satisfactory conclusion" to the Iraq operation within 18 months.
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#2
although Air Marshal Torpy expected a "satisfactory conclusion" to the Iraq operation within 18 months. !!!! Whatever that means? Any bets on that and what exactly is a "satisfactory conclusion"????
 
#3
Agent_Smith said:
It's official...

The strength of British forces in Iraq is to be reduced, while more troops are to be sent to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, the head of military operations said yesterday.

The Iraq force will decrease in "battalion chunks" following the elections expected at the end of this year, Air Marshal Glenn Torpy said.


By next year the British contingent of 1,000 in Afghanistan is likely to be increased considerably as the Army, backed by RAF Harrier jets, move into more dangerous parts of the country to combat the growing heroin trade and to hunt down remaining Taliban.

Foremost among the soldiers deployed will be the new Ranger battalion of the 1st Bn of the Parachute Regiment, which will "cut its teeth" in support of SAS missions.

The Army's new Apache attack helicopter, which came into service last month as part of 16 Air Assault brigade, is also likely to make its battlefield debut, said Air Marshal Torpy, who is chief of operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood.

The Afghanistan deployment was dependent on the situation in the Middle East becoming "manageable" although Air Marshal Torpy expected a "satisfactory conclusion" to the Iraq operation within 18 months.
rest of the article here

Is he p1ssed????
 
#4
Blah blah drawdown blah blah satisfactory conclusion (we hope) blah blah better say "SAS", "Rangers" and "Para" because the peasants have wet surges about them blah blah don't mention 19 Bde or ARRCHQ blah. Off to the golf club.
 
#5
In case anyone is wondering why Air Marshal Torpy (highly regarded by his guys in light blue) is commenting, it is because he is Commander Joint Ops at Northwood.
 
#6
Escape-from-PPRuNe said:
Blah blah drawdown blah blah satisfactory conclusion (we hope) blah blah better say "SAS", "Rangers" and "Para" because the peasants have wet surges about them blah blah don't mention 19 Bde or ARRCHQ blah. Off to the golf club.
You forgot "blah, blah, don't mention that the Battalions we're closing down would be really handy right now, blah blah, Army's elite, blah blah, troops looking forward to getting the job done (just like we were all, apparently, happy to be in Iraq), blah blah"
 
#7
jimmys_best_mate said:
Escape-from-PPRuNe said:
Blah blah drawdown blah blah satisfactory conclusion (we hope) blah blah better say "SAS", "Rangers" and "Para" because the peasants have wet surges about them blah blah don't mention 19 Bde or ARRCHQ blah. Off to the golf club.
You forgot "blah, blah, don't mention that the Battalions we're closing down would be really handy right now, blah blah, Army's elite, blah blah, troops looking forward to getting the job done (just like we were all, apparently, happy to be in Iraq), blah blah"
"blah blah not forgetting the QA and Medics that support all this lot out there, blah,blah and the RLC"
 
#8
Sarge said:
jimmys_best_mate said:
Escape-from-PPRuNe said:
Blah blah drawdown blah blah satisfactory conclusion (we hope) blah blah better say "SAS", "Rangers" and "Para" because the peasants have wet surges about them blah blah don't mention 19 Bde or ARRCHQ blah. Off to the golf club.
You forgot "blah, blah, don't mention that the Battalions we're closing down would be really handy right now, blah blah, Army's elite, blah blah, troops looking forward to getting the job done (just like we were all, apparently, happy to be in Iraq), blah blah"
"blah blah not forgetting the QA and Medics that support all this lot out there, blah,blah and the RLC"
And
"Blah blah it's still worth spending billions on Eurofighter instead of on more infantry which we actually need blah blah blah or on decent MQs and a few more regs so they can keep their marriages together and stay in blah blah blah or maybe on the TA so they don't all leave blah blah blah hope no-one noticed I'm making assumptions about leaving Iraq that are directly contradicted by the facts so that I don't have to tell politicians the truth and scupper my career blah blah blah."
 
#9
There are two possible reposnses to this thread:

1. Cynics the lot of you

or

2. Blah Blah Blah, NAO report says Army overstretched, Blah Blah Blah, usual BLiar flunky denies anything wrong, Blah Blah Blah, looks like next years summer holiday will br that tranquil beuty spot known as the Khyber pass. (PS Must remember to take doctors arm band to increase chance of survival if it all goes wrong in Afghanistan again!).
 
#10
chicken_jim said:
There are two possible reposnses to this thread:

1. Cynics the lot of you

or

2. Blah Blah Blah, NAO report says Army overstretched, Blah Blah Blah, usual BLiar flunky denies anything wrong, Blah Blah Blah, looks like next years summer holiday will br that tranquil beuty spot known as the Khyber pass. (PS Must remember to take doctors arm band to increase chance of survival if it all goes wrong in Afghanistan again!).
Kyhber Pass in Pakistan – we would be a little lost if we went there.
 
#11
patroltrace said:
chicken_jim said:
There are two possible reposnses to this thread:

1. Cynics the lot of you

or

2. Blah Blah Blah, NAO report says Army overstretched, Blah Blah Blah, usual BLiar flunky denies anything wrong, Blah Blah Blah, looks like next years summer holiday will br that tranquil beuty spot known as the Khyber pass. (PS Must remember to take doctors arm band to increase chance of survival if it all goes wrong in Afghanistan again!).
Kyhber Pass in Pakistan – we would be a little lost if we went there.
Kyhber Pass connects Pakistan to Afghanistan ya loon, although under the control of Pakistan I imagine some of us would spend an awful lot of time in it's proximitry. Judging by the map skills of some soon to be TA Subbies I won't be surprised if a couple of platoons end up on the wrong side of the border.

Regards,

TA_S
 
#12
TA_sig said:
Judging by the map skills of some soon to be TA Subbies I won't be surprised if a couple of platoons end up on the wrong side of the border.
Don't put yourself down matey! On the plus side at least there are no nettles in those parts... :p
 
#13
I can't believe the rumour mill was almost exactly right for once, I've been hearing this for almost a month now, and it's turned out official! Already been warned about a deployment here soon nhext year.
 

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#14
Don't bother getting the crampons sharpened. Our TAOR is going to be, apparently, a long way from the Mountains. Probably somewhere fairly flat, with plenty of rolling fields of nice purple flowers (cue bit from Wizard of Oz where they all fall asleep in the field).
 
#17
Mister_Angry said:
Oooh! Oooh! Will there be LIONS! and TIGERS! and BEARS! (oh my!) :D
No, just tons and tons of mad mullahs pissed that your about to smite their poppy fields. :D
 
#18
AVM Torpy obviously has not been listening to our cousins across the pond.

Donald Rumsfeld has said
Iraq 'no more safe than in 2003'

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has acknowledged that security in Iraq has not improved statistically since Saddam Hussein's fall in 2003.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4090626.stm
Ho hum, .. he must have been drinking or smoking the same stuff as Billy Liar...
 
#19
Tooldtodieyoung said:
AVM Torpy obviously has not been listening to our cousins across the pond.

Donald Rumsfeld has said
Iraq 'no more safe than in 2003'

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has acknowledged that security in Iraq has not improved statistically since Saddam Hussein's fall in 2003.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4090626.stm
Ho hum, .. he must have been drinking or smoking the same stuff as Billy Liar...
He's just not been told what to say yet by Downing Street. I'm sure he'll catch up.
 

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