British minister confirms combat in Afghanistan to end 2015

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed on Tuesday that Britain's combat attacks in Afghanistan would end by 2015.

British minister confirms combat in Afghanistan to end 2015

 

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed on Tuesday that Britain's combat attacks in Afghanistan would end by 2015.

Visiting soldiers at Camp Bastion in southern Helmand province, Clegg also called on Taliban to become part of the political future of Afghanistan.

"We have been very clear, we have put a full stop at the end of our engagement," Clegg said. "By 2015 there will not be any British combat troops in Afghanistan."

Britain has about 10,000 troops in the war zone and plans to withdraw soldiers from combat duty as part of a broader pullout of NATO coalition troops which will leave Afghan forces in charge of security.

Clegg told the British contingent that a political deal was needed to secure a peaceful future for Afghanistan.

"Without a political settlement this is not going to end," he said.

"The choice (for the Taliban) is this: they can either carry on fighting ... or they can put down their arms and recognise the Afghan constitution."
 

Reuters

Last Mod: 31 Ağustos 2010, 18:12
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