The UK is to send more soldiers to Afghanistan ahead of forthcoming presidential elections in the country this August.
While Prime Minister Gordon Brown had already announced a troop rise in the British contingent from 8,000 to 8,300, the latest deployment will temporarily bring troop levels to 9000. The news of the partial surge came as Brown outlined a new strategy in the region. In addition to an extra 140 million euros for educational projects, UK forces will also intensify efforts to train Afghanistan’s army and police force. The UK premier’s statement came hours after a British soldier was killed in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.