UK special forces 'to stay in Afghanistan after 2014'
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UK special forces 'to stay in Afghanistan after 2014'

Cebu : Philippines | May 20, 2012 at 12:41 AM PDT
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David Cameron defends Afghan withdrawal deadline

Skooter reporting 05/20/12

After British forces withdraw in 2014, a small number of soldiers could remain in Afghanistan, a senior government official has said. The announcement was made ahead of a NATO summit in Chicago, which is said to focus on Afghanistan.

The deadline of the withdrawal has been set by David Cameron at the end of December 2014 for Britain to cease all of its combat operations. But it is clear that up to 200 members of the UK’s special forces could stay on to help combat terrorism.

British troops have been in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001. Britain aims to start withdrawing 500 soldiers from its 9.500-strong force this year, with Afghan security forces ready to take over responsibility for security by the end of 2014.

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