The British Army has been at war with Afghanistan since the 7th October 2001 and ended on the 28th December 2014

The British Army has been at war with Afghanistan since the 7th October 2001 and ended on the 28th December 2014 (total of 13 years, 2 months and 3 weeks). The retaliation force made up of several countries such as America, France, and Spain. This war has led to Americas twin towers to be blown causing hundreds to thousands of deaths. There have been a lot of lone wolf attacks on the UK that have caused deaths of many. There have also been kidnappings and murder of British citizens such as David Haines and Alan Henning. The war in Afghanistan was not meant to last as longs as it has, so hundreds of UK soldiers have been mauled and killed and thousands are injured, where many have been paralysed for life. Although this has all happened the British Army has an active unit that increases dramatically as well as the equipment needed?
Cuts to the MoD’s (Ministry of Defence) budget also mean that financial allowances for servicemen and women are going down, while their pensions are also likely to diminish, at a time that thousands of personnel are being made redundant from the Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF. All this is damaging morale as the three shrinking services are being asked to do more with less.
With Al-Qaeda growing stronger in number and in strength, they would devise attacks on the UK to cause fear and disrupt our lives. They would follow up on attacks like suicide bombings, chemical warfare and public bombings. These attacks are done due to their belief of the Jihad – holy war. These attacks are done as Al-Qaeda believe in cleansing the world by murdering innocent people.
I believe that the British Army is affected by terrorism because they must engage in counter terrorism operations across the world. The main reason the British Army sends troops out to Afghanistan is to get rid of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Different conflicts can put pressure on the troops because they could be sent out on a mission with limited training. Also conflict can cause a lot of stress within the British Army and ultimately physical and emotional exhaustion.

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