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Afghanistan: David Cameron praises UK troops success ' lost and shame as always!!'
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20 December 2012 Last updated at 17:29 ET





BBC.com




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 "capability" to take charge of security.



"This is withdrawal. This is draw-down based on success not on failure," he said.



"We're confident it can be done while making sure Afghanistan does not return to become a haven of terrorism, which is of course why we came here in the first place."



He added: "We have paid a very heavy price but I think the reason for coming here in the first place, which was to stop Afghanistan being a haven for terror... I think it was the right decision."

Equipment boost


David Cameron plays table football with Royal Marines at Forwarding Operating Base Price

At Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday, Mr Cameron said that almost half of the current force serving in Helmand province are to be withdrawn from Afghanistan next year.



Troop numbers are already being reduced from 9,500 to 9,000 before Christmas. And numbers would fall to about 5,200 by the end of 2013, he said.



A small number of British troops would remain in the country beyond that, working at an officer training academy and "involved in returning equipment and dealing with logistics," Mr Cameron added.



But during his visit to Afghanistan, government officials promised an extra £230m from Treasury reserves will be spent on military kit to see the campaign through.



The funding includes £29m for additional bomb detectors; a £10m upgrade for armed vehicles; more military dogs for foot patrols and a £5m boost intelligence for surveillance and reconnaissance at Camp Bastion.


Added: Dec-20-2012 Occurred On: Dec-20-2012
By: BekasKhan
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  • They kill the nurse's providing polio shots - Afghanis are rocketing back to the Stone Age again. Most Westerns say good bye and good riddance.

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    • @Nepean109 that happened in Pakistan by Pakistani Taliban. Non the less extremism can only be fought with consciousnesses, not bullets. Most of Afghanistan don't like the Taliban which means they will never "win" like always. Many Afghans have died fighting the Taliban.

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    • @Usafhk i liked masood in your picture ,i watched a national geographic show about him .i think things would be different today if he were alive .if he were president the country would be united more

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  • So what's been achieved in the last 11 years? - apart from the deaths of US/UK, other European personnel, as well as Australia and New Zealand? - not forgetting Afghan civilians too? - oh yeah, big bucks for the arms manufacturers and politicians. Sickening.

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  • Thanks for your third visit Britain. Maybe reading history once in awhile would help.

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    • @Usafhk Hey man, anytime you wanna go again...send the only message you know, bombs, and we'll come back again, with an all volunteer army and play smear the queer some more.

      Besides, knowing history and being on the right side of it are 2 very different things.

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    • @mericanborn "right side of it" lol Afghans never bombed you, you paved the road for yourself. You guys made extremists in Afghanistan and you pay for it. How do you guys like Libya killing your ambassador for you guys "liberated" them. Right side? The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Stay out of peoples business, stop being so insecure and spread love instead of missiles.

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    • @Usafhk Afganistan didn't bomb us, but its tollerance to the taliban and other extremist groups made it a guilty bystander. So they were given the choice, help us or get out of the way, and those that did neither. Again guilty bystanders. The previous wars left you guys so fucked it is no wonder we had to come sort shit out. And now that we have tried.....and tried....like i said, invite us back again.

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    • @mericanborn lol

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    • @mericanborn afghanis didnt want the taliban there .they ruled through intimidation .blame the pakis

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    • @rafaelcastelar why are you still talking as if anyone cares about what you have to say? all of your comments are -1'd and i love how to make the effort to capitalize and and make your final comment red, you're making an effort for the people you apparently don't support.

      honestly, i would pay to smash your face in, ignorant cock sucker.

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    • @nomadlife to mentor and train afghan police/army to so they can provide their own security to prevent it becoming a safe heaven for terrorists to plan attacks on the west again. that's a pretty dam good reason if you ask me.

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    • @rafaelcastelar blah blah yeah yeah

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  • The only reason we went to Afghanistan was to get bin laden and his follower's. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! Sorry the taliban ( LOSERS ) thought they could take on the west and kick us out and in the scuffle some afghans got caught in the crossfire. Can't wait until the only people that gave a shit about the rights and freedoms of the afghan women and children leave that shit hole. Let them go back to allowing their country to be run by drug lords, religious fanatics and terrorist. When the west lea More..

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    • @aplaktr just shut up, you idiot America and Britain went in to remove and destroy Taliban, have they done that? nope! that's a loss in my books

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    • @Omniscient What free speach not allowed on Liveleak. OH RIGHT!! It's the USSR. The taliban attacked us first. They didn't want the US to stop them from terrorizing the Afghan people. They might not be able grow and sell their opium. And no we didn't destroy them but you think we couldn't. At any time. They got their asses kicked though, so much that now they want a place in the government. If they would have done that in the first place we would have left years ago. You were the one's that los More..

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