Mix of emotions: Corporal Thomas Warner 23, from Port Talbot of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, in tent accommodation at Camp Bastion yesterday as British troops prepared to withdraw from the 13-year conflict Corporal Thomas Warner, 23, of the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, said: ‘It is a historic event and I’m massively proud.The Afghan forces are fantastic and I’m very confident in what they are doing, they’ve got the best possible chance.Regimental sergeant major Robert Mansel, of the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, said: ‘It is a bit of a strange feeling being some of the last here.I am privileged to be chosen and feel a sense of achievement.
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We are proud of what our servicemen and women have done.‘We are happy and sad.
We are happy we are all going back to our families but we are also sad because we are leaving behind some friends who were courageous on the battlefield.‘ He said they had made a difference for British streets as well as those in Afghanistan.
Three of the flags in the centre of the ceremony on poles were then lowered - Nato’s flag was first, followed by the Union Jack and finally the American flag, leaving just the Afghan flag still flying.
Saying goodbye: Much of the once-sprawling base at Camp Bastion has now returned to lengthy strips of desert.In the years that follow more than 100 will be killed in 'green-on-blue' attacks by Taliban insiders who infiltrate Afghan forces before turning on their Western allies.