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PM to troops: You are the best

David Cameron has written a Christmas message to British troops based in Helmand Province saying "this year you have made us prouder than ever" and that that "you are the best." He has paid a pre-Christmas visit to troops in Afghanistan.

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Helmand chief: 'Afghans working with us are in control'

Brigadier Bob Bruce spoke to reporters in Helmand Province today.

Brigadier Bob Bruce, commander of Task Force Helmand, said the capabilities of Afghan forces have "risen markedly" over the last eight to 12 months.

He told reporters: "The Afghans working with us now really are in control. The insurgency is still there. It's not gone but it doesn't dictate things."

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