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Afghanistan: 10 years on

October 7, 2011

A decade after UK Forces began operations in Afghanistan, Tristan Kelly reports from Helmand as all eyes look forward to the planned end of UK combat operations there in 2015.

Lashkar Gah street scene

There has been an upswing in economic activity in Lashkar Gah as improved security brings increased confidence in the future. Picture: Steve Dock, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US and the Taliban regime’s refusal to hand over those responsible, US and UK forces launched Operation Enduring Freedom on 7 October 2001.

The operation’s aim was to end Al-Qaeda’s use of Afghanistan as its base for terrorist operations. Five years later UK troops moved into the Taliban stronghold of Helmand with the same essential aim of not allowing Afghanistan to once again become a safe haven from which terrorists can launch attacks on the streets of Britain.

The strategy since 2001 for NATO troops in Afghanistan has evolved and expanded, as the situation on the ground has changed, from the initial removal of the Taliban regime to the protection of the Afghan people while political structures and means of governance are developed in the space that improved security provides.

Continues at: mod.uk – Afghanistan: 10 years on

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    October 7, 2011 20:22

    Afghanistan is a country on continue evolution, since taliban’s regime has been removed and people has acquired a new mentality or has had the possibility to free tinks and exprime its thoughts.
    Corruption may be present on any country and must be adversed.
    For that, the only presence of an Afghan Army and an Afghan police corp may be a deterrent, that will enhance when this corps will act to debelled this phenomen.
    A transition phase is on act on country and this phase may not comport an immediate reversal of odiern situation, This transition may require more steps on more time.
    It is important to have done possibilities to a people for years deprived of this rights, have made a base for its explication.
    Now we must done a support to Afghan people, for it may became a free people and done itself laws, institutions, a democrratic asset, a new economy.
    Claudio Alpaca

  2. hectoranibal permalink
    October 7, 2011 23:50

    es una lastima que a traves de los 10 años el pueblo afgano no haya podido consolidar la democracia,tranquilidad y bienestar acompañado de progreso para estar a la altura del siglo en que vivimos,realmente creo que ya no se podra a pesar de todo el efuerzo que han puesto las potencias occidentales.el tiempo dira..
    afectuosamente ,hectoranibal-chajari (e.rios)argentina

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