The UK is part of a coalition of some 60 countries actively supporting the combined civilian military campaign to bring security and stability to Afghanistan. The UK contributes through development, diplomacy and military support.
The UK contribution to the development effort is led by DFID. Between 2006 and 2009 DFID committed £46 million to this work – with £23.6 million allocated for 2008–09 divided between stabilisation work and longer-term development.
The Stabilisation Unit provides support to the Government of Afghanistan in the development of key institutions, promotion of political processes and preparing for longer-term development through the deployment of expert civilian Stabilisation Advisors to the country, mainly in Helmand Province.
The FCO manages diplomatic relations with the Government of Afghanistan and our international partners on the ground, from the British Embassy in Kabul, which is the UK’s largest embassy.
The Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team is a UK civilian led multinational team, including UK, US, Danish and Estonian participation. It is one of the largest such teams in Afghanistan. Its role is to help the Afghan Government deliver effective government and security throughout Helmand Province.
As part of the 46 nation International Security Assistance Force, UK armed forces have been primarily deployed in Helmand province since 2006 leading Task Force Helmand, working alongside US, Danish and Estonian colleagues. The Task Force is helping to establish and maintain a stable security environment in which the Afghan Government can build institutions and enable development.
The UK is in Afghanistan as part of the international community's larger efforts to build a safe and secure Afghanistan
The UK contributes 9,500 troops to the NATO led ISAF mission to Afghanistan