David Cameron Visits British Troops in Afghanistan
Kabul- David Cameron has visited UK troops in Afghanistan a year ahead of UK combat operations in the country ending.
The prime minister’s pre-Christmas trip, which was not pre-announced, saw him meeting troops stationed at the main headquarters at Camp Bastion. He was accompanied by the former England footballer Michael Owen. Several thousand UK troops are still serving in Afghanistan but will end combat operations in 2014.
The prime minister said he was proud of the service given by British troops in Afghanistan since 2001 but it was right from next year that they would be handing over responsibility to Afghan forces. When their tour of duty ends, Mr Cameron said they “could hold their heads up high on a job well done”. “The timetable for the withdrawal of British troops is a plan that we will stick to,” he told Sky News. “I said, back in 2010, that after the end of 2014 there would not be British troops in a combat role and we will stick to that.” Mr Cameron’s last visit to Afghanistan took place in June. (BBC)