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This inquiry will examine the security situation in Afghanistan; the progress of withdrawal of UK forces and equipment; expected assistance to the Afghan National Security Forces after 2014; the impact on Afghanistan of the new Government in Pakistan; and UK relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan after 2014.

The Committee is particularly interested in:


  • Progress towards the withdrawal of UK and ISAF combat troops;
  • The transfer of responsibility for security in Afghanistan to Afghan Forces;
  • The capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to provide protection for ISAF forces during the withdrawal and for international forces providing continuing support such as training; and
  • Progress on providing enablers for the ANSF such as medical support, logistics and air support.


  • Prospects for future political and security co-operation with Afghanistan; and
  • Pakistan’s role in reconciliation and peace-building, including mediation with the Taliban.

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