13:33 17 December 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron has flown to Afghanistan to visit British troops at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province where he confidently declared “mission accomplished” in the country.
He said: "To me the absolute driving part of the mission is the basic level of security so that it doesn't become a haven for terror.”
“That is the mission, that was the mission and I think we will have accomplished that mission and so our troops can be very proud of what they have done.”
British troops are coming home from Afghanistan and the remaining will end their combat mission next year. Many have already withdrawn from their bases.
British troops have been in the country since 2001 to help in stabilizing the country and to prevent the return of the extremist groups. So far, the troops have sustained 446 fatalities.
However, a senior British military source warned that Afghan insurgents are planning attacks to disrupt the country’s elections next April.
The source said: "The insurgency will have a go, they will still be having goes next year at Afghan government officials and at electoral officials but against the very credible and capable Afghan National Security Force.
“At the moment the insurgency are just trying to regenerate and reorganise for the next phase."
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