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Special Report: Protecting And Rebuilding Afghanistan

Suicide bombers and vehicle borne IED's are just two of the daily threats in Kabul. Life in the Afghan capital must continue, and it's the...

Suicide bombers and vehicle borne IED's are just two of the daily threats in Kabul.

But life in the Afghan capital must continue, and it's the role of British troops to help with transport and security. 

For the last 7 months, 1 ROYAL IRISH have been part of the international Kabul Protection Unit providing transport and security in their Foxhound armoured vehicles.

NATO's Op Resolute Support has remained in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist.

But the Kabul Protection Unit are more than just an armoured taxi service. They help a host of international mentors do their jobs safely, making a difference to Kabul.

There is a real and present danger in Kabul. A high-profile city of 5 million people, a constant target for the Taliban and in more recent times so-called Islamic State.

1 ROYAL IRISH are also NATO's Quick Reaction Force here.

They've assisted the Afghan National Defence & Security Forces 3 times this tour. In May they helped with medical evacuations after a huge truck bomb hit, killing 150 people.

Day to day life here in Kabul also involves more routine tasks. The troops are responsible for base security – regulars and reservists alike.

This is the 4th time the regiment have been in Afghanistan. Not a single round has been fired on this non-combat tour. It's very different from the Helmand days.

In a few weeks time the Royal Irish finish their tour & hand over to the Yorkshire Regiment. But they expect to be back on these roads again in 2019, ready to assist the Afghan Forces if needed.

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