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Terrorism: Afghanistan

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of British military involvement in Afghanistan on levels of violent extremism in the UK. (287427)

[holding answer 16 July 2009]: It is in our national interest that Afghanistan becomes a stable and secure state able to deal with violent extremism within its borders and to prevent the export of terrorism abroad. We are fully committed to supporting a legitimate and democratic Afghan Government as they seek to build a peaceful and resilient nation, shaped by the will of the Afghan people.

I recognise that individual reactions to UK foreign policies, such as military involvement overseas can be a factor in radicalisation, and that violent extremists exploit this when recruiting others to their cause. But we also know that radicalisation occurs for a wide range of complex and personal reasons. The aim of the Government will continue to be to prevent radicalisation at home and abroad.