No 10: NATO move 'no significant impact on UK forces'

Ministers discussed the situation in Afghanistan, as well as the recent spate of attacks on embassies of Western countries across the Arab world, at this morning's weekly meeting of Cabinet in 10 Downing Street. Following the Cabinet meeting, Mr Cameron's official spokesman told reporters:

As you would expect, we take very seriously the safety of our armed forces.

Commanders on the ground have clearly judged the need at the present time to tighten up procedures, but this will not have any significant impact on the role of our forces and their operations on the ground.

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NATO scales back Afghan patrols

Joint patrols between NATO soldiers and Afghan forces are to be cut back. The move follows a string of deadly attacks where Afghanis have turned their weapons on their allies. The government insists there is no change in Government policy.