Why are British troops in Afghanistan?

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British armed forces in Afghanistan are part of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force, which is normally called Nato-ISAF.

The British soldiers work with troops from many other countries.

Nato-ISAF's job is to help the new government by doing things like:

  • Training the Afghan armed forces and police.
  • Guarding important buildings.
  • In parts of the country they also patrol the street in the way that the police do in Britain.
  • Fighting armed groups including the Taliban and al-Qaeda.