Britain to Deploy 500 Additional Troops to Afghanistan

30 November 2009 (Last Updated November 30th, 2009 18:30)

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has confirmed that 500 additional troops will be deployed to Afghanistan. The British Government has taken measures to provide the additional troops with adequate equipment for their operations in Afghanistan. All the conditions to send extra person

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has confirmed that 500 additional troops will be deployed to Afghanistan.

The British Government has taken measures to provide the additional troops with adequate equipment for their operations in Afghanistan.

All the conditions to send extra personnel to Afghanistan have been met and the new deployment will take the total UK troops operating in the region to 10,000, the prime minister said.

Eight other nations, including Turkey, Slovakia, Georgia and Portugal, have also offered additional troops to Afghanistan – the US alone is likely to deploy 35,000 additional troops to the region.

"The troops will be deployed in early December 2009 and Britain's highly professional special forces will play their full role in taking the fight to the Taliban," Brown said.

"The first districts could potentially be handed over to Afghan control in 2010 depending on training and policing."

The new regiments to be deployed shortly to Afghanistan include 1 Royal Welsh, which will form part of 11 Light Brigade.