KABUL: Secret British military documents about Afghanistan have been founded at a bus stop in England, with one suggesting recommendations for a possible UK military presence in the war-torn country, reports said on Sunday.
The UK’s Ministry of Defence documents containing details about the British military were found from behind a bus stop in Kent, England. And one set of documents details plans for a possible UK military presence in Afghanistan after the US-led Nato operation ends.
According to BBC, the documents concerned a US request for British assistance in the country and whether any British special forces will remain once the American withdrawal is complete.
This is amid worsening security situation as the Taliban are expanding their influence following the end of Operation Resolute Support, the Nato operation currently winding down in the wake of U.S. President Biden’s decision in April to withdraw American forces.
The documents issued a warning regarding the deteriorating situation in the country and the risk of further destabilization and violence.
“Any UK footprint in Afghanistan that persists is assessed to be vulnerable to targeting by a complex network of actors,” the report says, noting that “the option to withdraw completely remains”.
“The reduced presence of Nato forces is already impairing the situational awareness that we and the US used to enjoy across the country,” the report said. No British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-Taliban deal in February 2020, it says, but “this would be unlikely to remain the status quo”.