The government of the United Kingdom has initiated a separate investigation into reports that members of the British military committed multiple extrajudicial killings in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2013.

“The UK’s armed forces rightly hold themselves to the highest possible operational standards,” Junior defense minister Andrew Murrison said.

The United Kingdom has had a military presence in Afghanistan since 2001, when the US-led coalition invaded the country to overthrow the Taliban regime. The UK’s mission, which lasted from 2002 to 2014, aimed to help establish and maintain security for the Afghan people to facilitate reconstruction and development. The UK deployed around 10,000 service personnel at its peak during this period, with most based in Helmand Province.

In recent years, however, allegations of serious misconduct by British forces have been made against the British government. One example has been the reports of extrajudicial killings and torture of Afghan detainees between 2010 and 2013, as well as possible unlawful use of force or threats against civilians under their control.