Afghanistan: what has been
achieved since 2001?
Since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 more than
200 UK soldiers have been killed in action, 100 of those deaths this year alone.
Currently the UK has 9,000 troops deployed in the region and in the last eight years has spent more than £740m in development aid, with an additional £510m promised over the next four years.
But have efforts to improve security and rebuild the country led to any improvements in daily life for Afghan citizens? Here is a snapshot of how some areas have changed.
Sources: (1)Asia Foundation 2009 (2)UNOCD (3)Unicef (4)CIA World Factbook (5)World Bank