British PM: British troops could start pulling out of Afghanistan in 2011

08:45, July 22, 2010      

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Visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron attends a joint press conference after his meeting with U.S. President Obama (not pictured) at the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, July 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that British troops could start pulling out from Afghanistan next year.

In an interview with the BBC in Washington after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama, Cameron said that British troops could begin to be pulled out of Afghanistan in 2011 but added that "it should be based on conditions on the ground."

He said that the withdrawal was dependent on Afghan ability to control provinces. "The faster we can transition provinces and districts to Afghan control, the faster some forces can be brought home. That transition should be based on how well the security situation is progressing," he said.

"We are not going to be there in five years time, 2015, with combat troops or large numbers. I think it's important to give people an end date," he added. "I hope that with the strategy that we have, with the build up of the Afghan army, with the transition of districts and provinces it will be possible to bring some troops home."

Cameron said this echoed the policy of President Obama who will start to bring American troops home in 2011.

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