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Reduction of 500 Service personnel from Afghanistan explained

April 26, 2012

The way in which UK forces will achieve a reduction of 500 Service personnel in Afghanistan by the end of this year has been announced today by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

British soldiers on operation in Helmand province

British soldiers on operation in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan (stock image). Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2012

The Prime Minister announced last year that there would be a reduction of 500 UK personnel by the end of 2012. In a statement to the House of Commons today, 26 April 2012, the Defence Secretary announced how the reduction will be managed based on military advice.

Outlining the growing strength and capability of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), Mr Hammond confirmed that the majority of the 500 reduction will be made up of combat troops, reflecting the pace of transition of this role to Afghan forces.

He also explained that UK forces headquarters in Nahr-e Saraj (North) and Nahr-e Saraj (South) would be merged to better align with Afghan administrative boundaries whist also delivering efficiencies and manpower savings.

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    April 26, 2012 20:39

    A dual positive notice: the reduction of 500 Uk personnel signify for them a return to home, to their loved ones and, on same time, testify the capacity for Afghan National Forces to patrol and domain their country. Togheter those notices are acclaring the positive trend of transition phase that will concretize the Afghanistan’s freedom.
    For a part of you, buddies, return to home is near, for others it will arrive soon.Claudio Alpaca

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