News story: Afghan security and stability remains top of UK agenda

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The security, development and governance of Afghanistan remains crucial to reducing the terrorist threat to the UK, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed in his first visit to Afghanistan.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:


A secure Afghanistan will help keep the streets of Britain safe. Building the security services that will be the foundation of stability and peace in Afghanistan remains top of our agenda and I have seen first-hand the crucial role our brave Armed Forces are playing in realising that vision.

In his meeting with Minister of Defence Bahrami, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed the UK commitment to Afghanistan, citing the continued funding for the Afghanistan National Security Forces, our support for the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) and the recent uplift of UK troops to around 650.

Mr Williamson also met with UK personnel who are based at ANAOA in Qargha, on the western outskirts of Kabul. They are helping to train the next generation of Afghanistan’s military leaders through mentoring training staff and instilling the Sandhurst ethos at the academy.

More than 3,000 officers have passed out of the academy since 2013, and, this year, ANAOA has nearly as many female cadets in training as have graduated in total since the academy opened.

The Defence Secretary also met UK troops who lead the Kabul Security Force (KSF), which provides force protection for NATO staff in Kabul. In last five weeks alone, the KSF have undertaken over 2,800 protection journeys and Mr Williamson experienced first-hand the vital role they play, travelling with UK personnel in a Foxhound armoured vehicle.

He also commended their efforts in responding to some of the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, in which the KSF supported Afghan Security Forces by evacuating guests to safety extracted of guests following the Intercontinental Hotel terrorist attack and provided first aid to Afghan soldiers following an attack on an Afghan Army compound in January.

The UK has played an important role in supporting Afghanistan over the last 16 years and is committed to continuing this in the future. Through the NATO Resolute Support Mission, the support the UK provides on issues such as security, development and governance is crucial to building a stable state and reducing the terrorist threat to the UK.

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if it's top of our agenda then why are we making a token effort MoD_RSS?

what are you doing with your life? surely it wasn't meant to be like this?
 
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You go somewhere you tell them they're important to you, it doesn't have to be true and in this case hopefully isn't. If recent events haven't focused the MoDs eyes on Russia then someone needs to use a sharpstick.
 
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if it's top of our agenda then why are we making a token effort MoD_RSS?

what are you doing with your life? surely it wasn't meant to be like this?
You don’t really understand what RSS is, do you?

Back to topic - isn’t it time to admit that we really don’t give a shit about Afghanistan any more?
 
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You don’t really understand what RSS is, do you?

Back to topic - isn’t it time to admit that we really don’t give a shit about Afghanistan any more?
i do, it's just that somewhere in the chain that leads to it being posted here someone is typing up this up beat sounding guff.

as for Afghanistan given our current commitment i'd say it was fairly obvious. most of the general public probably dont know we're still involved in the country. what i dont understand is why we continue to go through the motions.
 

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