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Storm upsets PM's Afghanistan plans

David Cameron has flown into Afghanistan to pay a pre-Christmas visit to troops - but his plans were left in tatters by bad weather.

The Prime Minister had been due to make a morale-boosting trip to Camp Bastion in Helmand province, where most British forces are based.

But his RAF flight was forced to divert because a dust storm caused the Camp Bastion runway to be shut for the first time this year.

Instead, the C-17 Globemaster had to land at Kandahar airfield, where only a small proportion of the 9,500 UK troops deployed in Afghanistan are based.

At Kandahar, Mr Cameron took the opportunity to meet members of RAF 12(B) Squadron - from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland - who fly the Tornado fighter jet on missions all over Afghanistan.

In a reference to the weather - the first day of poor visibility after weeks of clear skies - the Prime Minister joked: "It's slightly changed our plan."

Wearing a black Berghaus fleece, khaki chinos and boots, Mr Cameron was shown around a Tornado.

He also met US General James Huggins, the head of Isaf Regional Command South, for talks on military progress in Afghanistan.

And he had a chat over a mug of tea with soldiers and air personnel in the Naafi canteen.

But plans to take a helicopter to Lashkar Gah to meet the governor of Helmand and visit a frontline base in the province had to be abandoned.

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