UK to Withdraw Thousands from Afghanistan

    WARMINSTER, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 04:  Soldiers from Corunna Company, The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS), wait to be reunited with their families at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster on September 4, 2012 in Wiltshire, England. The soldiers have been stationed in Helmand Province, since March and during the tour, members of Corunna Company mounted checkpoints and went on operations including a raid on a Taliban-controlled village and raids on bomb factories. The company's tour was also hit by tragedy when six of its soldiers were killed after their vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb, which included five members of their battalion.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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    Britain will pull thousands of its troops out of Afghanistan next year, said Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on Sunday. The substantial drawdowns will come a year ahead of the slated withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2014. “I would expect it will be significant, which means thousands, not hundreds, but I would not expect it to be the majority,” Hammond said. Four hundred twenty-four British troops have been killed in Afghanistan during the more than a decade that coalition forces have been in the country.

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