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Britain considers sending more troops to Afghanistan

IANS  |  London 

The is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan, the media reported on Friday.

The had written to recommending the country boost its presence in Afghanistan, but no decision has been made yet, the BBC reported.

According to the report, recommended sending up to 400 more personnel into Afghanistan, joining the 600 already there training Afghan soldiers.

The move followed calls by US to the members of the (NATO) to join him in sending more troops to the country.

In 2017, the US announced a plan to send in 3,500 more troops, which brings the US total to about 15,000. It is part of a strategy to help fight the and deal with the rising threat from the Islamic State terror group.

The last UK combat troops left in 2014 after being involved in the conflict since 2001.

Sir Richard Barrons, a former of joint forces command who led campaigns in Afghanistan, said the UK "has to recognise that the decision to leave in 2014... hasn't worked".

He told 4's Today programme that the and Air Force in were "not strong enough" to defeat the alone.

"The decision to increase troops would send an important message to our allies, and the Taliban", he said.

In a statement, the said the UK's military contribution was kept under constant review. Britain's support to on security, development and governance was "crucial to building a stable state and reducing the terrorist threat to the UK", it said.

The reports came as the figures, published on Thursday, showed the size of the UK was at its smallest for more than 200 years.

The UK's regular Army has just over 77,000 troops, well short of its target strength of 82,000.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 19:02 IST
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