The former chief of MI6 has said in an interview for Sky news that he is concerned with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is worrying, as the threat of resurgent groups such as the Taliban and other militant groups can bring further instability to an already fragile country. He also suggested the vacuum may leave the door open for Russia to take advantage of the situation.
The artIcle continued with the suggestion that if these groups were left unchecked there could be a higher risk to the security of the UK.
War in Afghanistan
"Britain's latest war in Afghanistan began in the wake of the '9/11' terrorist attacks on the United States. It continued for 13 years with the last combat troops leaving the country on 26 October 2014."
"The war in Afghanistan cost the lives of 454 British servicemen and women, exceeding the death toll of the Falklands War in 1982. Total deaths of coalition forces (Britain, USA and allies) totalled 3,486. A further estimated 2,000 British military and civilian personnel were wounded in action."
"Financially the war in Afghanistan cost the UK at least £37 billion - roughly £2,000 per household." *
*Source: National Army Museum website.