- 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
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.