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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:47 PM

Thousands of British troops to quit Afghanistan in 2013

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Britain plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan next year, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday, as pressure mounts to end British involvement in the costly and unpopular war.

More than 430 British troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led intervention in 2001, yet stability remains elusive and violence high, while relations between Western troops and Afghan forces and civilians are increasingly frayed.

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Asked about troop withdrawals next year, Hammond told the BBC: "I would expect it will be significant, which means thousands, not hundreds, but I would not expect it to be the majority."

That would indicate a potential withdrawal of up to 4,500 personnel in 2013.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/14/uk-britain-afghanistan-withdrawal-idUKBRE89D03D20121014

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For British involvement in the "costly and unpopular war" maybe read "someone else's war."

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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:51 PM

1. What is the holdup? End this debacle.

Just like the Russians are laughing at us for not learning from their mistakes, maybe someday we will laugh at China for attempting to take on one of the most inhospitable places in the world.

Our try needs to be over......yesterday.

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