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Danes pull out soldiers from Afghanistan in August

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March 19, 2013 08:45 AM EST | AP

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark says it will end combat operations in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan in August, about six months earlier than planned because the expected timetable for local troops to take over security has been pushed forward.

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Tuesday that some 350 Danish soldiers will be pulled out, leaving 300 to train Afghan forces. Denmark's force is mainly situated in the volatile Helmand province under British command.

More than 40 Danish soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the Scandinavian country began sending soldiers for the NATO force.