UK troop numbers in Afghanistan 'could be cut to 5,000'

  • The UK contingent force is being reduced from 9,500 to 9,000 before this Christmas
  • There is speculation it could be cut to around 5,000 after next Summer
  • The US currently has around 60,000 troops in Afghanistan, after withdrawing around 23,000 this year

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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.