More British troops to be sent to Afghanistan

More than 1,000 extra British troops are to be sent to Afghanistan, it has been reported.

Defence Secretary Des Browne is expected to announce details of the new deployment to the House of Commons on Monday.

There are currently 5,600 British troops in Afghanistan, as part of Nato's 35,000-strong International Security Assistance.

Both Nato and British commanders have complained that more troops are needed in order to defeat the Taliban.

The reports follow the government's announcement that around 1,600 British troops would be withdrawn from Iraq over the coming months.

Liberal Democrat defence spokesperson Nick Harvey welcomed the attempt to bolster efforts in Afghanistan, but warned that the British Army was "severely overstretched". He said: "Any hope of maintaining our commitments to Afghanistan relies on us being able to get our troops out of Iraq.

"There must be clear objectives and clear aims, rather than the confusion that has surrounded much of the mission.

"It is vital that pressure is kept up on other Nato countries to ensure that they pull their weight. Failure would be disastrous both for Afghanistan and the alliance."


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