British troops face longer tours in Afghanistan
Nick HopkinsUp to 3,500 British troops will have their tours in Helmand province extended by nearly half as part of the UK's plans to hand over security to Afghan forces and end all combat operations next year, ministers will announce on Tuesday.
The move will help cut costs for the Ministry of Defence, but military commanders insist money is not the issue and that an increase in tour lengths is necessary to ensure a smooth transition during a critical period next year.
The details will be set out in a ministerial statement following months of talks about how best the UK can make an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan over the next 18 months.
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"British troops face longer tours in Afghanistan", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2013. Consulté le 06/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/british-troops-face-longer-tours-in-afghanistan