Report: Britain to pull 800 troops from Afghanistan

July 3, 2011 01:31

LONDON - Britain will announce this week that it is to withdraw up to 800 troops by the end of next year, according to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.

The move comes after last month's announcement that thousands of US troops would start being withdrawn later this year as part of a process of handing security over to Afghan forces.

"UK force levels in Afghanistan are kept under constant review," a Ministry of Defense spokesman said.

"The prime minister (David Cameron) has been clear that there will be no UK troops in combat roles in Afghanistan by 2015 and it is right that we bring troops home sooner where progress allows and taking account of military advice."

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