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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 181107, tabled on 14 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to withdraw remaining UK armed forces from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021.

Answered on

21 April 2021

NATO partners, including the UK, confirmed on 14 April that an orderly and coordinated withdrawal of NATO forces will begin by May 2021. As NATO partners made clear, we expect our forces will leave Afghanistan within a few months.

The UK's military, diplomatic and development efforts over the past 19 years have been critical in reducing the threat from Al Qaeda and helping to build the foundations on which peace can be achieved.

Alongside our Allies we have started a peace process, built and equipped security institutions, trained thousands of Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, and supported elections to help the Afghan people determine their own future.

We will always remember those that have fought and sacrificed to protect the rights and freedoms that Afghans have come to enjoy.