The British Air Force is ready to launch fresh airstrikes against the ISIL Takfiri group in Afghanistan even after the United Kingdom and allies completed their withdrawal from the Central Asian country, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston told The Telegraph.
The UK ended its 20-year military presence in Afghanistan on 28 August, when its last military flight left the Kabul airport. On 30 August, the United States said that every single American service member is now out of Afghanistan, ahead of the 31 August deadline.
“Ultimately, what this boils down to is that we’ve got to be able to play a global role in the global coalition to defeat Daesh [ISIL] – whether it’s strike or whether it’s moving troops or equipment into a particular country at scale and at speed,” Wigston said in an interview, published on Monday.
London is in talks with its partners on long-term plans to base more air force units overseas, the official continued.
“If there’s an opportunity for us to contribute, I am in no doubt that we will be ready to. That will be anywhere where violent extremism raises its head and is a direct or indirect threat to the UK and our allies. Afghanistan is probably one of the most inaccessible parts of the world, and we’re able to operate there,” he added.