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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the mission is of 16 Air Assault Brigade in Afghanistan. (92318)

Elements of 16 Air Assault Brigade were deployed to Afghanistan as part of the UK force package in support of the UN-authorized, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The ISAF is there to prevent Afghanistan from again harbouring terrorism, to build security and government institutions so that the progress of recent years becomes irreversible, and to combat Taliban insurgency and illegally armed groups, which remain threats to Afghan security and stability.