Five British marines have been charged with murder in relation to a 2011 incident in Afghanistan, the UK government said on Sunday. The defence ministry also announced plans to withdraw "thousands" of British troops from Afghanistan in 2013.
Five British Royal Marines have been charged with murder over a 2011 incident in Afghanistan, the country’s Ministry of Defence confirmed on Sunday.
Uk to withdraw thousands of troops
British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday he planned to withdraw thousands of British troops from Afghanistan next year.“I would expect it will be significant, which means thousands, not hundreds, but I would not expect it to be the majority,” Hammond told the BBC, after being asked about troop withdrawals next year.Britain is withdrawing some 500 of its soldiers from Afghanistan this year, leaving around 9,000. All British combat troops are set to be repatriated by the end of 2014.(REUTERS)
Date created : 2012-10-14