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Soldiers parade in London as Britain marks end of Afghan war

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 01:13

Members of Britain's Armed Forces hold a parade in London as part of memorial to mark the end of 13 years of British operations in Afghanistan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: British military personnel paraded past royals, politicians and army top brass outside St. Paul's Cathedral on Friday as part of events to mark the end of 13 years of British military operations in Afghanistan. Onlookers, including relatives of British soldiers who died in Afghanistan, as well as Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and Prince Harry, were treated to a flypast of aircraft used in the campaign. Earlier Queen Elizabeth led a commemoration at the cathedral. Britain lost 453 servicemen and women in Afghanistan out of the 140,000 who served there over the years. The last combat troops left in October last year, leaving behind only about 500 trainers and advisers assisting the Afghan security forces. The government says the long war stopped Afghanistan from being used as a safe haven for militants to plan attacks on British streets, and that Afghanistan is now a safer and more prosperous country than it was before.

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Soldiers parade in London as Britain marks end of Afghan war

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 01:13