Tackling the Taliban

Between 2009 and 2014, the Tornado GR4 Force was committed to the campaign in Afghanistan under Operation Herrick. Jamie Hunter recounts a complex mission for the GR4 squadrons.

Tornado Tribute

High above Helmand Province, a Herrick GR4 moves in for fuel from a USAF tanker. Note that it carries the infrared countermeasures pod on the outer wing pylon, a modification of the BOZ pod developed for the Afghanistan theatre.
USAF/MSgt William Greer

U K troops deployed to Afghanistan in November 2001 when Royal Marines from 40 Commando helped secure Bagram airfield. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was subsequently created in December 2001 and brought together 16 nations, spearheaded by the US. The primary aim was to train and build the capacity of the Afghan National Security Forces, however, the Taliban and other insurgent fighters proved formidable opponents in this war-torn country.

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