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Nicholas Houghton: UK to Focus Troop Training in Africa, Gulf, Asia

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) General Sir Nicholas Houghton KCB CBEThe British military will shift its focus on troop training to potential hotspots following its drawdown in Afghanistan, Gen. Nicholas Houghton told The Times newspaper for an interview published Monday.

British troops are scheduled to have withdrawn from their Afghan tour by January 2015, Houghton told The Times.

Agence France-Presse reports the U.K.’s top military commander highlighted Africa, the Gulf, and East and Southeast Asia as potential locations for conflict-prevention training missions.

“Training missions in other countries in regions which help build indigenous capacity for security within those regions and help avoid conflict… helps to an extent in the redistribution of wealth so that those vulnerable states do not become destabilized,” he said in the interview.

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