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Last major British deployment in Afghanistan begins

11 October, 2013

LONDON: The last major deployment of British troops to Afghanistan began on Thursday, the Ministry of Defence said, ahead of the withdrawal next year of Western forces.

Some 6,000 British troops will deploy to Helmand in southern Afghanistan in stages over the next six weeks, a ministry spokesman told AFP.

Britain currently has around 8,000 personnel left in Afghanistan but is set to cut this number to 5,200 by the end of this year. The 87,000 NATO-led troops fighting Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency are due to pull out by the end of 2014.

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