Afghan police officers
Two British servicemen have been murdered by rogue Afghan policemen while they guarded a public meeting on Saturday. Two attackers are thought to be involved. One was killed at the scene but the other escaped.
The MOD has confirmed that a soldier from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and an airman from the Royal Air Force were serving as part of an advisory team and were providing security for a shura (meeting) near Patrol Base Attai, a joint British and Afghan compound in Helmand's Lashkar Gah district.
Their deaths are the latest in a string of attacks on international troops by Afghan security forces or insurgents disguised as police.
The murders by the Afghan police will further heighten foreboding among Western forces of an enemy within even though British defence sources attempt to play down claims of Taliban infiltration.
414 members of the UK's armed forces have now been killed in the Afghanistan war.
Westminster government leaders have made no secret of the fact that a large number of British troops will continue to be deployed in Afghanistan after 2014, when a percentage are to be brought home. Those remaining are to have a training/support role. Recently it was reported that the Foreign Office has demanded that 'significant equipment'- £1billion of military vehicles - can be passed to the Afghan National Army and Police so they can maintain security when we leave and the overall cost of equipment scheduled to be passed to the Afghans is eventually expected to reach £2 billion.
We cannot afford to make 'gifts' of this magnitude, particularly when the capability of frontline units are being reduced and specialised equipment is in desperately short supply.
When UK forces left Aden in 1967 equipment that couldn't be shipped back was packed onto an RAF runway and after the last troops had been lifted out the kit was bombed by RAF aircraft.
If we are unable to ship back our equipment, what happened in Aden in 1967 should happen in Afghanistan once our troops return home. I have no doubt equipment left behind will find its way into the hands of the Taliban one way or another.
Is that ensuring the safety of the UK?