Professor Michael Clarke form the Royal United Services Institute told ITV News the decision to suspend joint patrols between NATO soldiers and Afghan forces is a temporary measure to protect troops due to present inflamed tensions across the Middle East caused by the recent anti-Islam film.
Professor Clarke said there was a risk that the move would send a message to Afghans the Coalition may be 'wobbling' under the pressure, but he did not think this will turn out to be true.
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.