Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the massive logistical operation that is the withdrawal of British combat troops from Afghanistan is very much underway, but is complicated somewhat by the ongoing live insurgency. He said:
"We have to do all this while there is still a live insurgency on the ground, and we are very mindful of the fact that the enemy has vote on all this process, it is no good us planning how we are going to do without having regard to the possibility of enemy action.
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