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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what critical military gaps in NATO's deployment in Afghanistan remain to be filled. (203775)

Military requirements in Afghanistan are decided by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and laid out in the Combined Joint Statement of Requirement. Despite the recent increases in commitment made by many of our allies there remain shortfalls in some areas such as training and mentoring teams, combat troops, in the south and east, and support helicopters. The UK continues to work with partners to address these shortfalls.

Information on national contributions can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and NATO websites:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/fco-in-action/uk-in-afghanistan/

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceIntemet/DefenceNews/InDepth/OperationsInAfghanistan.html

http://www.nato.int/isaf/index.html