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David Cameron’s statement to parliament on Afghanistan

The prime minister today made a statement to MPs on Afghanistan. Jay Elwes sent this dispatch from Westminster.

By Jay Elwes  

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The prime minister told the House of Commons today that he had visited Afghanistan on Armed Forces Day, and he paid tribute to the 444 British service personnel who had died in the course of the war in that country.

The aim of British involvement there had, he said, been to “stop that country from being used as a base,” for terrorist plots. The situation still “requires a political response,” including a peace process, in which Pakistan will be vital.

Cameron stressed the sharp decline in…

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