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UK force reduction in Afghanistan 'in autumn'

The withdrawal of 3,800 UK troops from Afghanistan this year is unlikely to take place until the autumn, Britain's top general in the country says.

Responsibility for security is being handed to Afghan forces, who now oversee 80% of the population.

Lt Gen Nick Carter said the insurgency tended to be at its "highest tempo" in the summer months.

Quentin Sommerville reports.

  • 22 Jan 2013
  • From the section UK