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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on July 4, said while Afghan security forces were "increasingly confident," Britain planned to withdraw a "relatively small" number of troops.

Cameron arrived on a Royal Air Force plane at Camp Bastion, the main British and U.S. base in the southern Helmand Province.

He said he had cancelled a visit to the town of Lashkar Gah so helicopters could be used in the search of a missing British soldier.

There are currently 9,500 British troops in Afghanistan.

compiled from agency reports