Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron says that a further 500 British military personnel will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
Following the 400 British personnel already returning home this year, this will leave a core of 9,000.
Addressing Parliament, Cameron reiterated the government's "commitment" that British troops would no longer be involved in a combat role in Afghanistan from 2015.
President Barack Obama announced last month that U.S. military personnel numbers in Afghanistan will be reduced by 10,000 this year and a further 23,000 by the end of September 2012.
compiled from agency reports