UK troops back in Afghanistan

British troops have carried out a secret, eight-day operation in Afghanistan in an area that has seen some of the fiercest battles of the war, the Ministry of Defence has said.

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Army's Afghanistan mission was kept secret

A major military operation in Afghanistan involving British troops was kept secret until after it was completed earlier this week.

About 80 British troops were involved in the secret mission Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The eight-day mission required the special permission of defence secretary Philip Hammond because of a government push to transfer combat operations to the Afghan National Army, The Sunday Times reported.

In recent months the British Armed Forces have been focusing on mentoring the ANA in preparation for their withdrawal from the country next year.

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