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PM Cameron wants British troops back home within five years

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-06-25

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday that he would like British troops in Afghanistan back home before the next UK general election in 2015. Some 307 British troops have died since the start of the conflict in 2001.

AFP - British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he wants troops home from Afghanistan within five years, conceding the war-torn country would not be "perfect" before that happened.

While he would not outline a "strict timetable" for a withdrawal, Cameron said he wanted to see British troops leave before the next British general elections due by 2015.

"We can't be there for another five years, having been there for nine years already," Cameron, who took office last month, told Sky News television, on the sidelines of a Group of Eight summit in Canada.

Asked whether he wanted troops home by the time of the next election, Cameron said: "I want that to happen, make no mistake about it."

Britain is the second largest contributor to the international force in Afghanistan after the United States and his comments came during a particularly bloody month for the roughly 10,000 British forces there.

Some 307 British troops have died since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan and June has been the deadliest single month for US-led foreign forces in the nearly nine-year conflict, according to an AFP tally.

Talking about a withdrawal of British troops, he added: "I prefer not to see it in strict timetables.

"I want us to roll up our sleeves and get on with delivering what will bring the success we want, which is not a perfect Afghanistan, but some stability in Afghanistan and the ability for the Afghans themselves to run their country so (troops) can come home."

But Cameron insisted: "One thing we should be clear about -- Britain should have a long-term relationship with Afghanistan, including helping to train their troops and their civil society, long after the vast bulk of troops have gone home."

Four British soldiers died in a road crash in Afghanistan Wednesday in what Cameron described as a "completely tragic case." He also warned of "a difficult summer" ahead.

Date created : 2010-06-25

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