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

Lieutenant-General Nick Carter, who is the deputy chief of the Nato mission in Afghanistan, told the Independent that any further cuts during the summer fighting season would be "unforgivable".

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."

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