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Asked whether the Government were still happy that we had the right balance in Afghanistan or whether the recent casualties suggested that a change of direction was needed, the PMS replied that on the issue of casualties, the Government sent its condolences to the families and friends of those who had been killed or injured in Afghanistan.

We believed that the armed forces there were doing a vital job in very difficult circumstances and decisions on the nature of our involvement in Afghanistan were taken by commanders on the ground in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, with Ministers and of course with our allies. At present we believed we had the right balance in place.

Asked if there was any pressure from the military for more troops to be deployed, the PMS replied that the Government had set out its position on troops in Afghanistan; there would be additional UK troops in Helmand to assist in the period up to the Afghan elections and there were also ongoing US operations as part of the wider allied operation in the south.

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