In 2013, the United Kingdom, plans to withdraw from Afghanistan, thousands of his soldiers - said the defense minister Philip Hammond. In the UK, pressure grows to end the costly and unpopular war - a reminder Reuters.
As noted by Reuters, the UK is growing pressure to end the costly and unpopular war.
-I would expect it will be significant, which means thousands, not hundreds, but I would not expect it to be the majority - said Hammond.
Stated that there will be a majority of the quota. This means that it will leave Afghanistan in 2013 no more than four and a half thousands of Britons, for them there is now nine and a half thousand, five hundred of which is to return to his country by the end of this year.
At the same time, the whole of the British contingent of combat is to be withdrawn by the end of 2014, because at that time NATO wants to withdraw from Afghanistan, the international coalition forces.
Since the start of the 2001 military intervention in Afghanistan were killed there at least 424 British soldiers.
The Americans retreated in September, more than thirty thousand soldiers, leaving to run the Afghan war, less than seventy thousand. The Netherlands withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in 2010, Canada - in 2011. The end of 2013 his troops intend to withdraw France, Australia, New Zealand and Spain.