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Afghanistan: National Army

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 9 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What procedures are in place to minimise the risk of the Afghan National Army engaging in action outside the United Kingdom's operational boundaries or rules of engagement while with embedded trainers. [HL816]

Elements of the Afghan National Army (ANA) can be deployed throughout Afghanistan. 3 Brigade of 205 Corps is based in Helmand and supported by a UK forces mentoring team as part of the ISAF Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams (OMLTs) concept.

Any decision to deploy 3 Bde 205 Corps ANA elsewhere in Afghanistan is a decision for the Afghan chain of command. In circumstances where ANA troops are deployed to other provinces, the UK OLMT will endeavour to continue to support the ANA but the decision on the deployment of the OLMT will be made by Commander UK Task Force on a case-by-case basis depending on the risk.

ANA personnel who are mentored by UK Armed Forces follow UK rules of engagement which are in line with ISAF rules of engagement.