BRITAIN’S elite Parachute Regiment has been sent back to Afghanistan for its first combat mission since 2014, as the country continues to reel under mounting attacks from Taliban forces and IS.
More than 80 heavily armed troops from B Company 3rd Battalion landed in Kabul last week in a bid to stem outrages that have claimed the lives of more than 3,000 civilians this year. While MoD chiefs said the deployment is merely “rotational”, sources at Army HQ in Andover said the regiment had been a deliberate choice due to mounting challenges facing coalition troops in Kabul. “The security matrix has been increasingly challenging since January,” the senior source confirmed.
British troops marked the end of combat operations in 2014, after US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron said the 13-year mission – prompted by Al Qaeda’s use of Afghanistan for training camps before 9/11 – had succeeded.