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'Substantial’ troop pull-out from Afghanistan planned for early 2013

Publié par Clifford Armion le 02/03/2012

James Kirkup, and Bruno Waterfield

Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, said the Government would look at the pattern of withdrawal for next year.

He made the comments after Leon Panetta, the US Defence Secretary, yesterday caused consternation in Downing Street after saying that the US would begin reducing its role in the region from 2013.

He said US forces would make a transition from a combat role to a training, advise and assist role in 2013.

Whitehall departments were taken by surprise by the announcement, as Britain has the second largest presence in Afghanistan but was not consulted by Washington.

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"'Substantial’ troop pull-out from Afghanistan planned for early 2013", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 20/10/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/substantial-troop-pull-out-from-afghanistan-planned-for-early-2013