The Guardian's exclusive about former Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells' call for a phased withdrawal of British troops from Helmand Province assumes additional significance in light of the shooting of five British soldiers by a rogue Afghan policeman. The news story dominates the front page. The piece by Mr Howells, now Chairman of the parliamentary  intelliegence and security committee, appears on the op-ed pages. It is also the subject of the Guardian's second leader: Afghanistan:Groundhog day.       

Labour split over Afghanistan