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Royal Marines move out of Afghanistan

The 40 Commando Royal Marines lower the Royal Navy’s white ensign Credit: MOD/Sergeant Barry Pope RLC

The last commando group of thousands of Royal Marines to serve in Afghanistan are returning to the UK.

Over 14,000 marines have been deployed on operations in Afghanistan.

Defence secretary Philip Hammond said: “The courage of the Royal Marines, and indeed all of our Armed Forces who have served in Afghanistan over the past decade, has been truly outstanding.”