The British government is considering sending more troops to Afghanistan, the media reported on Friday.
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 Taliban and deal with the rising threat from the Islamic State terror group.
The last UK combat troops left Afghanistan in 2014 after being involved in the conflict since 2001.
"The decision to increase troops would send an important message to our allies, and the Taliban", he said.
In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said the UK's military contribution was kept under constant review. Britain's support to Afghanistan on security, development and governance was "crucial to building a stable state and reducing the terrorist threat to the UK", it said.
The UK's regular Army has just over 77,000 troops, well short of its target strength of 82,000.
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