During questions in the House of Commons today, defence secretary Philip Hammond was asked (not for the first time) when the UK would announce how many British troops will withdraw from Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014.
And (not for the first time) Hammond said that this depended on the United States. The UK will show its hand once President Obama has made up his mind about the American withdrawal.
Obama is unlikely to do that before next May, when there is a conference in Chicago on the future of Afghanistan.
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