Afghan forces will be ready by 2014, when coalition forces will withdraw from frontline combat in the country, UK Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir William Patey has said.

“The Afghans don’t need training in fighting, they’re pretty good at that. And what I discovered from my military colleagues is that the basic training skills are there,” he said.

“Afghanistan still has problems … it will still have problems. But essentially when they’re able to control their own security, with some assistance,” he added.

The withdrawal of troops by 2014 was set out at the Lisbon summit last October, but the International Security Assistance Force will continue to provide logistics, training, air and financial support post 2014.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron previously announced that 400 UK troops would be withdrawn within the next year, according to the Gulfnews.

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