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UK to send 440 more troops to Afghanistan

11 Jul 2018 1TV News

The United Kingdom will send 440 more non-combat troops to Afghanistan, its embassy in the country said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will announce this today at the NATO summit in Brussels.

With the deployment, the number of British troops in Afghanistan will reach 1,100.

They will join NATO’s Resolute Support Mission which trains, advises and assists Afghan forces.

The new troops will also be assigned to advise those local forces who are responsible for security of capital Kabul.

So far, British military trainers have trained 3,000 Afghan army officers.

Britain’s May said that in committing additional troops to the RS mission in Afghanistan, “we have underlined once again that when NATO calls, the UK is among the first to answer.” Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump had urged NATO allies to contribute more troops to its mission in Afghanistan.

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