Prime Minister David Cameron outlined the Government's plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan after 2014, but the plans to scale down troop numbers, and make those plans public, have been criticised. Former Army Officer and Conservative MP Patrick Mercer said:
"One thing you don't do, is announce for political reasons, what you are up to militarily, that is dangerous."
A Conservative backbencher has said that the government's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan will be "difficult and dangerous".
ITV News understands that Britain's withdrawal from Afghanistan may be speeded up with troop numbers almost halved in the next year.