Hammond: UK operations in Afghanistan 'unchanged'

British military operations in Afghanistan will continue "substantially unchanged", after an order changing the way international troops train and mentor home-grown security forces, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond told MPs today.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond speaks in the House of Commons. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Hammond said: "That means that the UK partnering and mentoring operations will continue substantially unchanged by this order.

"We have a strategic plan that takes us to the end of combat operations in 2014, while strengthening the ANSF to take over security responsibility from us. I have every confidence in the way COMISAF (the commander of ISAF) is executing that plan."

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