Germany is likely to reduce its military forces in Afghanistan in 2012, according to a government document.

Agence France Presse has reported that the number of troops will be cut from the current 5,350 to 4,900 in February next year, followed by a further 500 soldiers in early 2013.

The document also stated that the reduction in troops is due to the "current and forecasted security situation" and the state of Afghan security forces training.

Germany is the third biggest force in Afghanistan after the US and UK, and has plans for complete withdrawal in 2014.