The British Prime Minister has met UK troops in Afghanistan, where fighting this year is said to be the bloodiest since the overthrow of the Taliban five years ago. Tony Blair has visited Camp Bastion at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Later he met the Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
Blair told reporters: “We came to Afghanistan because it was obvious that the problem in Afghanistan had become a problem for the world. We have got to stay committed for as long as it takes, for our own security, not just for the sake of the Afghan people.” Experts say Britain’s troops in Afghanistan are suffering higher casualties than in Iraq, with a renewed insurgency by the Taliban. The British Prime Minister held talks with Karzai after earlier meeting the president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf.