Background to Operation Herrick
Following the attacks, the US along with a coalition, including Britain intervened in Afghanistan whose defacto Taliban government had allowed the country to be used as a safe-haven and base by Al-Qaeda. After the Taliban government was removed, British and coalition forces have remained in Afghanistan so as to deny the country (as well as neighbouring Pakistan, to the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates.
Britain (and the coalition generally) aim to gradually transfer responsibility for security to Afghan control, and hand-over lead responsibility by the end of 2014. After this date, the UK intends to continue to supported the elected Afghan government politicially, economically, and militarily.
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