UK Commander warns against more cuts in Afghanistan

Cutting British troop numbers in Afghanistan this summer could "endanger" progress made at a highly critical time, the senior UK commander in the country has warned.

Royal marines in Helmand province, Afghanistan Credit: REUTERS/MOD/Crown Copyright/Handout

He also said that British troops could be involved in combat operations right up to the planned end of a Nato presence in the country at the end of next year.

He said: "Our judgment is we have to manage this in a way that retains confidence. Precipitating withdrawal that is not in line with the current plan will damage Afghan confidence."