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Hammond: Afghan Strategy Will Not Be Derailed
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has reaffirmed Britain's commitment to its Afghanistan strategy after a series of deadly attacks.
His Commons statement came after the deaths of three British soldiers and an assault on the UK's main military base in the country over the last few days.
Mr Hammond described the incidents as "significant" and told the Commons that Britain would not be "derailed" from the strategy of mentoring and training Afghan police following the deaths of two UK soldiers in a "green-on-blue" attack.
The attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand Province on Friday was staged on the second day of Prince Harry's second tour of duty in the country.
Two US Marines were killed in the assault. Taliban sources later claimed they were targeting the Royal, who is serving as an Apache pilot.
On the same day, Lance Corporal Duane Groom, from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was killed when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
And on Saturday, Sergeant Gareth Thursby, 29, and Private Thomas Wroe, 18, were shot dead in what appeared to be the latest in a string of "green-on-blue" attacks.
The soldiers, from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's), were killed at a checkpoint when a man dressed as a local Afghan policeman pretended to be injured so they would help him.
Labour MP Denis MacShane tabled the urgent question in the wake of the deaths, prompting Mr Hammond to come to Parliament.
The total number of members of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 now stands at 430.