Britain's war in Afghanistan is winding down and the troops are beginning to make preparations to return home.
On a visit to Camp Bastion, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said he expects the armed conflict with the Taliban to start giving way to a process of negotiation in the "coming months"
"There is quite a lot of reaching out with messages to the Taliban," he said. "I think we're all optimistic that we will see the start of some meaningful political dialogue".
ITV News' International Correspondent John Irvine reports from Helmand Province:
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There will still be a chance of scattered showers in places but it will feel mild with bright spells as we head into the weekend.