Britain’s war in Afghanistan has officially come to an end. On October 26, 2014, the last UK base was handed over to the control of Afghanistan security forces. The lowering of the Union flag in Camp Bastion marked the end Britain’s 13 year military campaign.
A call for troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan was loud and clear at a demonstration of hundreds of people in Trafalgar Square October 2011.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said “mistakes were made” but much had been achieved since troops arrived in 2001. He added “mistakes were made by the politicians at the time and this goes back 10, 13 years.
The number of deaths of British troops throughout the conflict stands at 453.
Camp Bastion, in Helmand Province, has been UK troops’ main Afghan base since 2006
Back in 2011, the Trafalgar Square protest marked the 10th anniversary of the Afghan war. Organisers, Stop the War Coalition, said it was time to end the battle and pull British troops out. YNUKtv spoke to some of the demonstrators.