Closure of UK's Afghan base is step towards withdrawal

The disbandment yesterday of the UK's military headquarters in Afghanistan is the latest in a series of steps marking Britain's withdrawal of combat troops from the country - due to be complete by the end of this year.

British combat troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year. Credit: Press Association

Last month the MoD announced the closure or handover of three frontline bases in Helmand, leaving just one outside Camp Bastion.

Some 448 British forces personnel or MoD civilians have died in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001.

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End of the line for Task Force Helmand

The UK's military headquarters in Afghanistan has been disbanded in the latest major step in the withdrawal of British troops. British-led Task Force Helmand came to an end yesterday after eight years of frontline military operations.