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PublishDate: Thursday, January 17, 2013 14:31

UK troops could be in Afghanistan for years

Labour will call on David Cameron to detail Britain’s exit strategy amid concerns that uncertainty over the future role of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan will undermine public support for the mission.

British troops could be “embedded” with Afghan soldiers fighting insurgents for “years” after the official withdrawal in 2014, ministers are warned.

Labour will call on David Cameron to detail Britain’s exit strategy amid concerns that uncertainty over the future role of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan will undermine public support for the mission.

In an article for Telegraph.co.uk, Jim Murphy, the Shadow Defence Secretary, warns that hard-earned military advances could be overturned without “more detail and candour” from the government.

His intervention comes ahead of a debate in Westminster today on Britain’s role in supporting the development of a stable Afghan state once combat operations have ceased.

The Prime Minister has said that no troops will be left in the country in a “combat role” after 2014.

However, ministers have refused to give further details of what will be expected of the Armed Forces after 2014, what equipment will be left behind, and how much the longer mission could cost. (The telegraph)

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