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Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the military situation in Afghanistan. [112237]

The military situation in Afghanistan continues to evolve. The effectiveness of the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul is well established and there are encouraging signs of greater stability in many of the Afghan regions. The three Provincial Reconstruction Teams already in place are building on that stability, as will the Team the United Kingdom will lead in Mazar-e Sharif. Even so, terrorist remnants still pose a danger in some areas. Afghan and coalition forces are cooperating to end that threat.