20 December 2012 Last updated at 17:29 ET
British troops in Afghanistan have paid a "high price" but their efforts have been a success, Prime Minister David Cameron has said on a pre-Christmas visit to UK bases in the country.
There have been more than 400 deaths since 2001 but the UK presence has cut the number of terrorist plots, he said.
The prime minister played table football and attended a carol service with troops in Helmand province.
Troop numbers will nearly halve to 5,200 in 2013, he announced this week.
On his traditional seasonal visit to troops, Mr Cameron toured Camp Bastion and was taken by helicopter to the smaller Camp Price operating base about 20 miles (32km) away.
All Nato operations are due to finish by the end of 2014, with responsibility being transferred to Afghan forces.
And Mr Cameron suggested the Afghans are acquiring the "ca
Tags: Afghanistan, Occupation, by, US, NATO, Taliban, Pakistan, terrorist, Punjabi, ISI, Al, Qaeda, Iran, Intel, India, Haqqani, Shia's, Hazaras
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