Prime Minister David Cameron flew to Afghanistan on Tuesday for a pre-Christmas visit to the troops but his plans to visit the main British bases were disrupted when his plane was diverted because of a severe dust storm.

Cameron had to abandon plans to meet British troops at Camp Bastion and Lashkar Gah, the main British bases in the southern province of Helmand, because the weather was too poor for his huge C-17 military transport plane to land there.

The plane had to divert to the NATO base at Kandahar, better equipped for landings in bad weather, where he met some of the 400 British servicemen and women based there.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)