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DEFENCE DAILY: UK To Send 440 More Troops To Afghanistan And President Trump Arrives For NATO Summit

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UK To Send 440 More Troops To Afghanistan

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to commit 440 additional British troops to the NATO mission in Afghanistan, amid pressure from US President Donald Trump for European allies to contribute more to their collective defence.

It will see the total number of UK troops in the country rise to 1090 and will begin deployment in August with a second contingent following in February 2019.

The soldiers from the Welsh Guards will hold non-combat roles and will help provide security for international advisers in the capital, Kabul. 

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has previously called on Mrs May to send more troops to the country.

President Trump Arrives For NATO Summit

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Brussels for the two-day NATO summit starting today as he looks to put pressure on European allies to contribute more to the alliance.

Yesterday, President Trump tweeted that the US spent "many times more" on their defence than any other alliance member and that "Nato countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!".

After the NATO summit, President Trump will make his first visit as President to Britain before going on to hold talks with Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

Implausible That Novichok Poisonings Are Not Linked, Says Anti Terror Chief

It is implausible that the two Novichok poisonings are not linked, according to Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-terrorism policing.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were first poisoned with the nerve agent in Salisbury back in March before Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were also exposed 10 days ago. Both Mr Skripal and his daughter have recovered, Mr Rowley is said to be 'conscious' but Ms Sturgess died as a result.

The military have been involved in the investigation of both incidents and around 200 military personnel are being used in the clean up operation in Salisbury.