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.
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."
Foreign Secretary William Hague insisted today that there had been 'no change' in strategy or tactics in Afghanistan.
Nato-led forces in Afghanistan are reportedly scaling back operations with Afghan forces after a wave of 'insider attacks'.
British soldiers are among those who have been killed in an "insider" attack suspected to involve members of the Afghan police.