Cameron: Almost half of Britain's troops in Afghanistan to withdraw in 2013
Source: The Independent
Around 3,800 British troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan during 2013, David Cameron announced today.
The Prime Minister told the House of Commons that the strength of the UK force will be reduced from 9,000 to 5,200 by the end of next year.
The partial withdrawal paves the way for the final removal of the bulk of British personnel from the central Asian country as planned by the end of 2014, said Mr Cameron.
"What the Defence Secretary will announce is that because of the success of our forces and the Afghan National Security Forces, and the fact that we are moving from mentoring at a battalion level to mentoring at a brigade level by the end of 2013, we will be able to see troops come home in two relatively even steps - 2013 and 2014 - leaving probably around 5,200 troops after the end of 2013, compared with the 9,000 that we have now."