Belfast Telegraph

Home News Politics

David Cameron spends night at Afghanistan base

David Cameron woke up in the British Army's main base in Afghanistan as his first post-election visit to the country continued.

The Prime Minister spent the night in Camp Bastion, Helmand province - home to more than 5,000 British servicemen and women.

His visit came after he was forced to abandon a visit to a frontline base amid fears that the Taliban was trying to bring down his helicopter.

Mr Cameron is speaking to soldiers at Camp Bastion, which also caters for thousands of American troops based in the deadly Helmand region.

The PM had been due to fly in to the patrol base at Shahzad in Helmand to meet troops from the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. But at the last minute the RAF Chinook helicopter carrying Mr Cameron and his entourage was diverted to the main operating base in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

He also visited a British-funded agriculture school near Lashkar Gah following talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, where he appeared unruffled by the incident. After briefings from senior officers at Lashkar Gah, he enjoyed a barbecue with some of the troops there before heading to Camp Bastion.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph