Sunday, June 30, 2013

British PM Cameron Visits Afghanistan - A News Roundup

David Cameron And Army Divided Over Afghanistan Role After 2014 -- The Guardian

Despite military's fears, prime minister stands firm on security arrangements after British leave

Military commanders are pressing for international forces to be allowed to provide extensive logistical advice to Afghanistan until 2020, after concluding that local security forces will be unprepared for full operations when the Nato mission ends next year.

In a sign of tensions between Downing Street and the military, the prime minister used a visit to Afghanistan to rule out any British involvement in such a role after Nato concludes its combat operations at the end of 2014.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul with the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, David Cameron hailed the work of Afghan security forces, though he left open the possibility that other Nato countries could provide logistical support after 2014. He said: "There will be no British combat troops after the end of 2014. British troops are coming home. That is happening right now.

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More News On British PM Cameron's Trip Afghanistan

Britain's Cameron Visits Afghanistan to Spur Taliban Peace Talks -- Voice of America
British PM backs Taliban peace talks on Afghan visit -- FOX News/AFP
Britain's Cameron in thwarted Afghan peace talks push -- Reuters
David Cameron flies into Afghanistan as army warns British troops will stay to support Afghan forces for up to five years -- The Independent
UK PM makes unannounced Afghan visit -- Herald SUN
Cam pledges extra support for troops on Armed Forces Day -- The SUN
Cameron arrives in Pakistan after visiting Afghanistan -- CNN

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