Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday announced that the United Kingdom will withdraw 500 of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
In front of the House of Commons, Cameron said that the move “marks the start of a process which will ensure that by the end of 2014 there will not be anything like the number of British troops there, as there are now.”
“This decision is not only right for Britain,” he added, but also “right for Afghanistan too.” The U.K. has just under 10,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan and is slated to withdraw around 450 troops by the end of this year.
The announcement comes weeks after President Barack Obama made the announcement that the United States will withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops by the end of the year. The other 23,000 troops will leave by September of next year.After 2014, Britain will take a role in training Afghan soldiers, as well as helping the country in other ways, Cameron added.