Operation TORAL withdrawal: In Pictures
The UK has supported NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan from 2015, now the majority have returned home
Since 2015, the UK Armed Forces have been deployed to the Afghan capital on Operation TORAL. The government has decided to withdraw British troops assigned to NATO’s mission in Afghanistan.
We are marking a new chapter in our relationship with Afghanistan after twenty years ensuring that terrorism never finds a safe haven there again.
The logistical challenge in withdrawing forces is significant and the Royal Air Force has flown more than 50 flights, covering more than 100,000 nautical miles. This includes the return of RAF Puma Helicopters as well as hundreds of passengers.
Operation TORAL is the name given to the British element of NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
“The men and women who have served as part of Op TORAL should be immensely proud. They have trained thousands of Afghan troops, helped prevent international terrorism and created the conditions for the Afghan Security Forces to succeed.
“The logistical effort to draw the Operation to a close quickly and safely has been an excellent demonstration of the Armed Forces’ extraordinary professionalism.”
— Brigadier Oliver Brown, Commander of Operation TORAL