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UK plans to pull out 4,000 troops from Afghanistan



London: Britain will slash its military force in Afghanistan next year, withdrawing nearly 4,000 troops as local security forces become increasingly capable, Prime Minister David Cameron said. Cameron told parliament that the current force of 9,000 British troops would be reduced to 5,200 by the end of 2013 and that most of the rest would leave the following year.

Cameron said the withdrawal was possible "because of the success of our forces and the Afghan National Security Forces", and the mentoring arrangements between them. "We'll be able to see troops come home in two relatively even steps in 2013, 2014, leaving probably around 5,200 troops after the end of 2013 compared with the 9,000 that we have now," Cameron told parliament.

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