Afghanistan would go "back to square one" if NATO forces were to withdraw at this point in time, British Foreign Minister David Miliband told the Guardian on Friday.
According to the report, Miliband said following a visit to Kabul for the inauguration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai that without international support, the rebuilding of the country would be sabotaged at the hands of insurgents.
"The costs of staying are real, but they are less than the costs of leaving," he was quoted as saying.
The death toll of British soldiers in Afghanistan rose to 230 in November.
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