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Iran Press TV

Last remaining British troops leave southern Afghanistan

Iran Press TV

Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:59PM GMT

The last of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel have left southern Afghanistan.

The RAF personnel departed from the Kandahar International Airport on Monday, nearly a month after the last British base, Camp Bastion, was handed over to Afghan authorities.

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon had earlier admitted that "mistakes were made" by UK politicians during the presence of British forces in Afghanistan, and that Britain would not be sending combat troops back into the country "under any circumstances."

Since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, over 450 British forces have been killed.

Meanwhile, the British government said it will continue to provide supervision of an officers' training academy outside the Afghan capital, Kabul, next year.

On October 26, Camp Bastion closed its doors as the main base of the British troops in Afghanistan since 2006.

The United States has also decided to hand over Camp Leatherneck, the last US Marines camp in the country, to Afghan authorities.

The US-led foreign forces are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with about 12,500 troops remaining into 2015 to provide training and support to the Afghan army and police.


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