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Afghanistan: Armed Forces

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 1262, tabled on 4 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will bring forward plans to hold a public inquiry into the British military involvement in Afghanistan since 2006.

Answered on

11 June 2015

No decisions have been taken by the Government on a review of our engagement in Afghanistan. We remain focused on supporting the National Unity Government of Afghanistan as part of NATO's Resolute Support mission.

We have been learning tactical lessons of our operations in Afghanistan throughout the campaign. However, combat operations have only recently ceased, and our focus has been on a successful drawdown from the ISAF combat mission and transition to the NATO Resolute Support mission. We still have around 470 military personnel in Afghanistan, and we need to maintain our focus on supporting them. We will, of course, want to look at the broader lessons that can be learned from the campaign in due course, but the Government will want to do this in a way that would enable us to implement lessons identified quickly and practically, so that they have a real impact.