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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.


From Belfast Telegraph