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Iran Press TV

1,900 more UK troops leave Afghanistan

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:47PM GMT

Britain will withdraw 1,900 of its total 7,900 forces from Afghanistan by the autumn, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says.

The pull-out follows the British government’s stated plans for cutting its troops in Afghanistan to around 5,200 by the end of 2013.

London also said earlier this month that it is pulling its fleet of Merlin choppers from Afghanistan as part of its phased withdrawal plan.

The Merlins were planned to be sent back as part of a shipment of 3,500 armored vehicles and 12,000 containers of military equipment estimated to cost some £300 million to be flown back to the country.

The British government has vowed to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 in line with the NATO planning.

Britain has already reduced the number of its forces in the Asian country from a peak of 9,500 last year to 7,900 currently.


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