Friday, January 27, 2006

UK : Afghan troop levels to hit 5,700

The number of UK troops in Afghanistan will peak at 5,700, Defence Secretary John Reid has told MPs. The majority will be sent to the south, to the volatile Helmand area, which Mr Reid admitted was "more demanding" than other regions in Afghanistan.




He said they would be a "potent force" against the Taleban and drugs barons.

An extra 3,300 troops will go to the country to add to 1,100 already there and 1,950 announced earlier, but the total at any time will not top 5,700.

The deployment will cost £1bn over three years.

5 Comments:

Blogger melanholija said...

when will usa stop?

January 27, 2006 3:19 am  
Blogger Voice 1 said...

I've said in the past if Blair & Co want to save money (which is the excuse they give for wanting to "reform" the welfare system in this country) then a good place to start would be by bringing all troops back to Britain, cutting down on frivolous parliamentary expenditure, unfortunately, I don't think that will happen.

Blair & Co have got Britain involved in a pet project of the rabid right in the US, and now they can't get out of it, sadly.

January 27, 2006 2:01 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

I agree the cost of supporting the agenda of the PNAC to this country has been shocking

You know I was one of the sad fools who was pleased when TB came into power (anything to get the tories out) boy do I feel foolish now.

January 27, 2006 4:12 pm  
Blogger jin said...

One would think that after 4 years of operations in Afganistan we would be moving somewhere close to peace and the return of foreign troops to their countries.

This is becoming yet another lenghty conflict like Kashmir or Chechnya.

It woul probably be better to leave Afganis to themselves and spend all those huge sums of money on protecting western bordesr and information gathering.

January 27, 2006 5:07 pm  
Blogger Patricia Bates said...

Hope all this can stop soon and that governments start to spend more in other areas.

January 27, 2006 5:42 pm  

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