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Afghan drawdown 'will be hard to manage'

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President Hamid Karzai will be in London today meeting David Cameron as the ten year mission in Afghanistan is drawing to an end.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, former British ambassador to Afghanistan, told Today presenter John Humphrys that Mr Cameron's agenda should put a "political roof" on the house the military have started to build so successfully.

Robert Fox, defence correspondent of the Evening Standard, believed that the security map of Afghanistan is very difficult to understand in military terms as there are many local conflicts. It will be very hard to manage a "smooth draw down" and David Cameron will pledge training and support, but the UK will not be left "holding the baby" in Helmand, he added.

Sir Sherard believed that the UK is in the "foothills" of a political process with a "mountain to climb". There remains an "enormous" amount to do but all the building blocks are being put in place, he explained.


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