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Afghanistan: Taliban

Volume 696: debated on Tuesday 20 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What contribution the British presence in Afghanistan is making to the hearts and minds campaign in those provinces where the strength and influence of the Taliban are known to be increasing. [HL45]

Hearts and minds are at the core of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, and providing a tangible improvement to the lives of ordinary Afghans is crucial to the success of the mission. The UK presence in Afghanistan makes a vital contribution by bringing together military and civilian experts to help to create the local security environment necessary for economic progress and by helping to fund and promote sustainable development. Overall, the security situation in Afghanistan is stable, although it is fragile in places, and there remains a threat from suicide attacks and local ambushes.