Football blow for Cameron in Afghan trip

PRIME Minister David Cameron paid a pre-Christmas visit to troops in Afghanistan - and ended up a football loser.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

Mr Cameron's visit saw him touring Camp Bastion in Helmand, where he viewed vehicles now surplus to requirements and which are being sent home after troop numbers were cut by 500 to 9000 this Christmas.

As well as being briefed by senior officers, he travelled to the smaller Camp Price base, 20 miles from Bastion, where he joined in a carol service with troops from 40 Commando Royal Marines.

He also took on one Marine at table football. After losing 2-1, Mr Cameron – who has faced speculation about his future as Tory leader – commented ruefully: "Someone better had better take over the blue team."

He had other defensive work to do when he backed newly announced plans for the British force in Afghanistan to be almost halved to 5200 next year.

Combat operations are due to end completely by 2014, but critics have warned that Western forces are cutting and running from their 11-year engagement in Afghanistan, potentially opening the door to a "Taliban resurgence".

But Mr Cameron believes Afghan security forces are getting the "capability" to control the country.

He said: "They are doing better than expected."

He admitted Afghanistan is still a "deeply challenged country", but insisted: "It is a far better place than it was when we came here in 2001."

The Government has pledged an extra £230million on military kit.

Sport

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

110736

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

New Year resolutions

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Yorkhill does great work and Black Friday

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.