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.

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Labour MP: 'Immense challenges' to overcome in Afghanistan

Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy has responded to government plans to withdraw British troops from Afghanistan, telling the Commons that there were "immense challenges" to overcome.

Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy with troops in Afghanistan. Credit: ITV News

Mr Murphy said: "We want to see troop withdrawal and we welcome today's announcement. As we enter the 12th and penultimate year of UK combat operations in this bloody but unavoidable conflict, there will be rightly be lessons and consequences from Afghanistan.

"We need to get this right. This is our fourth conflict in Afghanistan and we have no intention of there being a fifth."

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