"Well, the United Kingdom has always said that it stands shoulder to shoulder with the United States in its fight against international terrorism and it's along those lines that the decision has been made."
Bagram airport, Afghanistan
5. American troops cleaning helicopter at air base
6. Map showing Operation Anaconda
7. SOUNDBITE (English) General Frank Hagenbeck - Commander US forces in Afghanistan
"The British forces that are coming in will be an increase in numbers that we have used before. But we have been using special forces personnel with the British already. But well be working in conjunction with them."
9. SOUNDBITE (English) General Frank Hagenbeck - Commander US forces in Afghanistan
"Operation Anaconda is over, it ended last night and this morning we exfiltrated the remaining Canadian and US forces who were exploring the valleys south of the Shah-e-Kot valley. The world is safer place than it was on March 2 when we inserted several thousand coalition forces, including soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, who put their lives on the line to confront al-Qaida terrorists. Hundreds of terrorists died, unfortunately 8 of our coalition heroes and warriors also died."
11. SOUNDBITE (English) General Frank Hagenbeck - Commander US forces in Afghanistan
"We struck that element, we saw a convoy of four vehicles, actually it began with three that had left in the vicinity of objective Remington. It moved south it went to a known location where al-Qaida elements had been over a number of days, a fourth vehicle joined it and it continued south. We tracked it and then we moved in by air, put troops on the ground and attempted to stop it and they got out of the vehicles and engaged with small arms fire. We returned fire, killed 16, captured one and detained one. The fourth vehicle because we had troops on the ground did not get out of the car, were not taken under fire and it turned out they were older gentlemen and what appeared to be family members. But the three cars that had al-Qaida/Taliban forces in them were eliminated.
Britain on Tuesday said that its combat commitment in Afghanistan was "open-ended".
It also indicated that it did not intend finally to withdraw troops until the threat from al Qaida and the Taliban had been dealt with.
Britain on Monday said it would send up to 17-hundred troops to Afghanistan to help US forces in future operations against al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Speaking to journalists in Kabul, ISAF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peckham said that the move was all part of the British support for the fight against terrorism.
Britain is to deploy a full infantry battle group, including Royal Marines commandos, in its largest military deployment for combat operations since the Gulf war.
The British troops will first go to Bagram and will be ready to begin offensive operations by mid-April.
The British already have about 16-hundred troops assigned to the International Security Assistance Force in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Meanwhile, US commanders on Tuesday confirmed that Operation Anaconda was officially over.
The commander of the coalition troops confirmed that al US and Canadian forces had withdrawn from the Shah-e-Kot Valley, where the biggest US-led ground offensive of the anti-terror campaign took place earlier this month.
Speaking at Bagram airport on the outskirts of Kabul on Tuesday, Major General Frank L. Hagenbeck, said that while Operation Anaconda was over, al-Qaida and Taliban would be actively pursued throughout Afghanistan.
Hagenbeck also revealed details about an incident in near Gardez where a team of US Army Special Forces soldiers attacked a convoy of three vehicles on Sunday, killing 16 people believed to be al-Qaida fighters and wounding one.