The last remaining British troops to return from Afghanistan today as their role in a two-decade conflict comes to an end
- A total of 454 British soldiers and civilians died in Afghanistan during operations
- The last of the 750 British soldiers on a NATO training mission is due to leave today
- But there are fears of another civil war in the country as the Taliban make progress
The last regular British troops are expected to leave Afghanistan today, ending a 20-year involvement in the country.
A total of 454 British soldiers and civilians have died in Afghanistan since the launch of US-led Operation Enduring Freedom in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The last of 750 British troops, part of a NATO training mission, is due to leave today – as the Taliban advance in many parts of the country, raising fears of yet another civil war.
A total of 454 British soldiers and civilians have died in Afghanistan since the launch of US-led Operation Enduring Freedom
British Royal Marine commandos of 45 Commando RM, returning from Operation Ptarmigan, land at Bagram Air Base on April 18, 2002
In April, US President Joe Biden said it was “time to end America’s longest war,” and on Friday the United States handed over Bagram Air Base, a strategic stronghold, to the United States. Afghan security forces.
About 650 American soldiers remain to protect his embassy.
Some 2,300 U.S. personnel have been killed and 50,000 Afghan civilians have died since 2001.
Tobias Ellwood, the Conservative Chairman of the Commons Defense Select Committee, warned: “There is a danger of Afghanistan collapsing.