Operation TORAL draws to an end as UK transitions to new phase of support to Afghanistan

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Brigadier Oliver Brown, General Miller and the UK Ambassador attended a flag lowering ceremony in Afghanistan. Credit: WO2 Leigh Gray - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

As Operation TORAL, the UK’s contribution to NATO Resolute Support, draws to a close, a small number of UK military personnel will temporarily remain to support the transition to a new phase of UK Government support to Afghanistan.

Operation TORAL has been the UK’s mission in Afghanistan since the end of UK combat operations in 2015. In line with the orderly and coordinated withdrawal of NATO Forces which began on 1 May, the Prime Minister confirmed earlier today that the UK has now withdrawn the majority of our personnel from the country.

Brigadier Oliver Brown, General Miller and the UK Ambassador attended a flag lowering ceremony in Afghanistan.
UK Ministry of Defence 2021

A number of troops will remain to offer diplomatic assurance to the international community in Kabul as we transition to the end of the NATO mission. This is consistent with the continued diplomatic presence and retaining a bi-lateral relationship with Afghanistan.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“Operation Toral is drawing to an end, but our enduring support for the Afghan Security Forces and Afghan government has not.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those who have served in Afghanistan over the past 20 years, particularly those who lost their lives.

“Their efforts have helped prevent international terrorism and set the country on the path to peace. We hope the deal struck last year will form the basis for progress,” he added.

“We will now continue this important work as we transition to a new phase in Afghanistan.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the majority of UK personnel have now withdrawn from Afghanistan.

After disembarking the Voyager aircraft troops made their way to the Arrivals lounge to continue their journey home.
UK Ministry of Defence 2021

Mr Johnson told the Commons on Thursday:

“I hope that no one will leap to the false conclusion that the withdrawal of our forces somehow means the end of Britain’s commitment to Afghanistan.

“We are not about to turn away, nor are we under any illusions about the perils of today’s situation and what may lie ahead.”

Since British forces entered Afghanistan in 2001, 457 personnel have been killed, with more sustaining life changing injuries. The country owes them a huge debt of gratitude and their sacrifice must never be forgotten.

British troops, alongside NATO allies, have helped to train 5,000 Afghan Security Forces cadets, including 330 women, at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy which was modelled on the British Army’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, earning the nickname ‘Sandhurst in the Sand.’

Over 150,000 UK personnel have served in the war-torn country and their efforts have not been in vain.

Source: WO2 Leigh Gray  / MOD

2 COMMENTS

  1. WEll done our brave Heroes. Sad to say I feel your efforts and saacrifices have been in vain, the Taliiban are now taking back everything they want and the next nation to step in is China who will help manufacture of drugs and will flood the West in a further attempt to take over the World

  2. WEll done our brave Heroes. Sad to say I feel your efforts and saacrifices have been in vain, the Taliiban are now taking back everything they want and the next nation to step in is China who will help manufacture of drugs and will flood the West in a further attempt to take over the World.
    I have not said this before, so it would appear you will not publish comments that are the truth as I see it.

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