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Hammond: Taliban talks likely

On a visit to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond has said he is "optimistic" talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban will begin in the coming months, as UK troops prepare to leave the country.

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Hammond: Taliban is still a 'potent force'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has warned that the Taliban is still a "potent force" in Afghanistan that should not be underestimated.

He said some 15-20 patrol bases had already been handed over to the Afghan National Army, which is becoming more self-sufficient all the time.

But he also said he is optimistic that momentum is building for a process of negotiation between the Afghan government and Taliban.

ITV News' International Correspondent John Irvine spoke to him in Helmand Province:

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