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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he intends to deploy Challenger tanks in Afghanistan. (127026)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) suicide and (b) improvised explosive device attacks against NATO forces in Afghanistan were recorded in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006. (127155)

The number of attacks in Afghanistan has increased significantly from 2005 to 2006. It is estimated that, in 2005, there were approximately 500 improvised explosive device (IED) attacks, of which approximately 25 were suicide IED attacks. In 2006, it is assessed that there were approximately 1,525 IED attacks, of which approximately 150 were suicide IED attacks. These figures do not necessarily represent the complete statistics but are an estimate. The majority of attacks are against International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops or Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF); however, it is not always possible to define the specific target in any given incident.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the total numbers of troops available to the International Security Assistance Force from (a) the United States, (b) Germany, (c) France and (d) the UK are serving in Afghanistan. (126690)

Of the total international security assistance force of around 35,500 troops, provided by the United States, Germany, France and the UK, the approximate percentages are as follows:

Percentage

US

39

Germany

8

France

3

UK

15

The UK contribution will increase to approximately 21 per cent. once the force enhancements announced on 26 February have deployed fully.