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Royal Marines from X-Ray Company, 45 Commando Group, enter an abandoned compound in northern Helmand province

Why we are in Afghanistan

we are there in support of an UN mandated, NATO-led mission, the International security Assistance Force (ISAF). We are there to prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a safe haven for terrorism, to build security and government institutions so that the progress of recent years becomes irreversible.

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What do we (UK) hope to achieve by being there

the United kingdom's commitment, both military and otherwise, aims to bring about a stable, secure and self-sustainable Afghanistan. This means:

  • Democratic government that can maintain the rule of law and deliver basic services;
  • A sustainable security environment where the population is free from coercion;
  • A viable legitimate market economy that is increasingly able to support basic social needs and reduce poverty; and
  • A sustainable decrease in poppy cultivation and drug trafficking. 

See also the Ministry of Defence web site for Operations in Afghanistan