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


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.