Timeline: UK forces in Afghanistan

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Here is a timeline of key events in the UK’s military involvement in Afghanistan, which has been continuing for 10 years: 2001 September 11 – Nearly 3,000 people are killed when al Qaida terrorists hijack four passenger aircraft and crash them in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. October 7 – Then-prime minister Tony Blair confirms that British forces are involved in US-led military action against al Qaida training camps and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Allied airstrikes begin. November – The first UK troops are deployed to Afghanistan when Royal Marines from 40 Commando help to secure Bagram airfield. November 12 – The Taliban retreat from the Afghan capital, Kabul. December 7…

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