The Britain Government will commit an extra 150 million to help British troops detect and destroy the lethal roadside bombs that represent the biggest cause of death for soldiers in Afghanistan. On a weekend of dialogue between the British Prime Minister and President Karzai, the leader of Afghanistan apologised to British families who had lost sons and daughters during the eight-year conflict. He said: I feel very, very sorry when I see any of the Allied forces troops get wounded or lose life in Afghanistan. I appeal to the families in Britain, of whom I know a lot. We are terribly sorry for [you] losing sons and daughters ... but we have a job to do. The pledge of new money tomorrow will cover the cost of 400 high-tech handheld devices which help soldiers to find improvised explosive devices. It will also allow the Army to set up a new analysis centre in Britain to scrutinise intelligence from the combat zone. Most of the 150 million will come from a reallocation of resources within the Defence Ministry, although the money to be spent on the new devices will be drawn from the emergency contingency reserve. In a press conference in Kandahar yesterday, Gordon Brown said that over the past six months, soldiers had found and destroyed about 1,500 of the roadside explosives. His comments were made during a trip to Afghanistan over the weekend to meet Nato troops and hold the first face-to-face talks with President Karzai since he was sworn in last month. The Prime Minister said Mr Karzai had agreed to announce security benchmarks, plans for improved domestic governance, measures to boost the Afghan economy, and outline conditions under which responsibility could be transferred from Nato troops to the countrys own army and police force. Mr Brown said that another 5,000 Afghan troops would be trained by the British, with 1,000 of them receiving guidance in the early part of the year. Brigadier Dickie Davis, the chief of staff of the regional command of the Southern Provinces, said that it would take a year to 18 months even to discover whether the Afghan police were ready to assume responsibility for the country. US President Obama wants his troops out of Afghanistan by July 2011. (The Times)