July 5 - British Prime Minister David Cameron meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, unveiling a military academy and pledging to bring combat troops home by 2014. Lindsey Parietti reports.
During an unannounced visit to Afghanistan. British prime minister David Cameron pledges to bring combat troops home from the country by 2014. The number of British forces here is second only to the United States which is scaling back troops by the thousands. Because yes we will be drawing so a lot troops. This year and next year. And yes we will be ending combat operations. By the end of 2014. And we would have troops in anything like that number that we have America. But we will have a long term relationship. On Tuesday Cameron met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US General David Petraeus. Who will step down to take over the CIA next month. The British premier said earlier that the initial troop withdrawal would be small he is expected to detail the plan Wednesday. Cameron also sub 120 British troops who participate in a planned military academy docked by American funding. His visit was punctuated by news of the death of a British soldier found Monday with the Taliban claimed to have captured and killed. Cameron said it was a reminder of the high price Britain has paid for its role in Afghanistan. Lindsey Parietti. Reuters.