Cameron 'Grounded' By Taliban Threat

The PM, David Cameron has been forced to abandon a planned visit to British troops in a frontline base.

The shock cancellation came amid fears that the Taliban were trying to bring down his helicopter - having claim to have downed one to deadly effect earlier this week.

The Prime Minister had been due to fly in to the patrol base at Shahzad in Helmand province to meet troops from the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

But at the last minute the RAF Chinook helicopter carrying Mr Cameron and his entourage was diverted to the main operating base in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

A Government source said that intelligence had suggested insurgents might be planning to bring down a helicopter. Further information then indicated a possible attack on a VIP.

Brigadier Richard Felton - who was due to meet Mr Cameron at the base - decided it was too dangerous for the visit to continue and it was called off.

He was flown into Afghanistan yesterday for his first visit to the country since taking office - but as UK and allied force casualties continued to mount this week - there was still no sign of any deal that would see UK forces able to leave the bloody war zone.

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