Just 24 hours after a major London conference on the future of Afghanistan, NATO forces and government troops have engaged in a gun battle following a coordinated attack by insurgents in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up, wounding four Afghan soldiers, while four fighters, believed to be from Pakistan, have been captured.
As the bloodshed continues, the Taliban leadership say they will decide soon whether to attend talks with the Afghan government after an invitation from President Hamid Karzai.
British Foreign Minister David Miliband said: “We now need to implement the agreement that was made in London yesterday. I think it is a very strong agreement about security, about governance, about economy and above all the political settlements Afghanistan needs.”
Meanwhile thousands of people gathered in the town of Wootton Bassett to mourn the latest British soldiers to be killed in Afghanistan.
The number of UK dead in the country now stands at 251.