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Southern Afghanistan

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the implications for UK forces in southern Afghanistan of the recent US decision on troop numbers. (309584)

We welcome the US announcement that it will deploy additional forces to Southern Afghanistan. These additional troops will have a positive impact in increasing international security assistance force capacity to conduct security operations in the south and to train and partner the Afghan National Security Forces.

We continue to work closely with our American counterparts and ISAF commanders to determine the best allocation of tasks in Southern Afghanistan.