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David Cameron: ‘No more UK troops for Afghan war’
June 10, 2010, 1:38 pm
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British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at a news conference in Kabul on June 10.
British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will not send any more troops to Afghanistan amid a surge in Taliban attacks against the foreign forces in the country.

In a press conference in Kabul, Cameron said Afghanistan is his government’s most important foreign policy and national security issue.

But he underscored that sending more troops is not on the UK’s agenda.

Since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, 292 British soldiers have been killed. Polls show most of Britons want UK troops to return home immediately.

Britain has about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, mostly based in the south of the country.

Cameron also promised to provide 98 million dollars in extra funding for the violence-wracked country. He said the money will be used to build up the Afghan army and civil services.

The British premier added that the funds will be used to help UK troops counter the threat of roadside bombs.

The occupation of the country was undertaken, supposedly, to wipe out the militancy and bring peace to the population.

However, nine years on, despite the presence of over 130,000 foreign troops, Afghanistan remains volatile and unstable.


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