Hammond: No 'cliff edge withdrawal' from Afghanistan

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the real progress being made in Helmand Province will "allow us to reduce British troops to 5,200 by end of 2013."

Mr Hammond said:

There will not be a cliff edge reduction in troop numbers at the end of 2014. This gradual drawdown in line with ISAF planning.

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Afghan withdrawal speeded up

David Cameron has announce that 3,800 troops are to be pulled out of Afghanistan by the end of next year - almost having the size of the British presence there - in a speeding up of the withdrawal.