Britain to pull out troops from Afghanistan frontline role by the end of next year after surprise U.S. announcement on early war exit

Mail Online – Up to half of Britain’s forces in Afghanistan will come home next year after the Americans announced plans to speed up withdrawal by a year. Downing Street confirmed that British troops will no longer lead combat operations by the end of 2013, handing command responsibility to local Afghan forces 12 months earlier than expected. Plans have now been drawn up to cut the force of 9,000 British troops by at least 4,000 next year, with a series of steady drawdowns in troops throughout the year. Read Article