Two further deaths in Helmand Province

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Sadly over the weekend there were two further deaths in Afghanistan.

Royal Marine killed in Helmand province

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a Royal Marine from 42 Commando Royal Marines was killed in Afghanistan today, Sunday 5 June 2011.

The Royal Marine was fatally wounded by small arms fire while on a joint patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district of Helmand province.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick, said:

“It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of a Royal Marine from 42 Commando Royal Marines.

“He was on a joint patrol to meet local people and to disrupt insurgent activity in the Adensee area of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province when he was fatally wounded by small arms fire this morning.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Next of kin have been informed and have requested a period of grace before further details are released.

Soldier from 1 RIFLES killed in Helmand

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES) was killed in Afghanistan yesterday, Sunday 5 June 2011.

The soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device while on a patrol in the Haji Kareen area of the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district of Helmand province.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick, said:

“It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Rifles in the Haji Kareen area of the Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province.

“The soldier was part of a foot patrol, supporting an Afghan National Security Forces operation to clear one of the last remaining insurgent safe havens in central Helmand, when he was fatally wounded by an improvised explosive device.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Next of kin have been informed and have requested a period of grace before further details are released.

My thoughts are with the families and friends of the two soldiers at this sad time.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Royal Marine killed in Helmand province.

UK soldier killed on patrol in Afghanistan

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The BBC reports on the death of a Scottish soldier in Afghanistan.

A UK soldier has been killed while on a security patrol in Afghanistan.

The soldier was from The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and died on Friday.

The soldier came under fire from rifles and rocket propelled grenades in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province. Next of kin have been informed.

This latest death brings the number of British military deaths in operations in Afghanistan since 2001 to 369.

Army spokesman Lt Col Tim Purbrick said the soldier was on patrol with the Afghan National Police when his unit was attacked.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” he said.

My thoughts are with his family and friends on this sad day.

BBC News – UK soldier killed on patrol in Afghanistan.

Two Royal Marines killed in Helmand

 

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Sadly it seems that Afghanistan has taken a further toll on our Forces. The MOD reports:

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that two Royal Marines from 42 Commando Royal Marines were killed in Afghanistan yesterday, Friday 27 May 2011.

The Marines were killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on a joint Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operation to clear parts of the Loy Mandeh area of the Nad-e Ali (North) District of Helmand Province.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Rolf Kurth, said:

“It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of two Royal Marines from 42 Commando Royal Marines in the Loy Mandeh area of the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province.

“The two Royal Marines were on patrol, disrupting insurgent activity when they were killed by an explosion caused by an IED. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends in their time of grief.”

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

My thoughts are with their family and friends at this sad time.

I had hoped it would be a while before I had to blog about the deaths of our Armed Forces in Afghanistan but sadly it seems not. I can only hope it will be a while before I have to again.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Two Royal Marines killed in Helmand.

A year on…

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I last posted on this Blog a year ago today, no particular reason for stopping apart from a lack of time and a degree of staleness after the election.

Sadly during this time some 79 Armed Forces personnel have lost their lives in Afghanistan. A terrible toll that we must all hope comes to an end soon.

Also we are now involved in the war in Libya. Let us hope the situation there comes to a peaceful end as soon as possible

BBC News – Data breakdown: UK fatalities in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Another Royal Marine killed in Helmand

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The MOD reports that another Royal Marine from 40 Commando has been killed in Sangin, Afghanistan.

The MOD has this:

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines serving as part of Combined Forces Sangin, Helmand was killed in Afghanistan yesterday, Wednesday 26 May 2010.

The Royal Marine was killed in an explosion. He was conducting a ground domination foot patrol through the Southern Green Zone in order to reassure local nationals and understand their concerns about living in the area when the incident took place.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, said:

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines was killed by an explosion in Sangin last night.

“He was conducting a reassurance foot patrol in the Green Zone around Sangin when tragically he was struck by an explosion.

“His boldness and commitment to the mission will not be forgotten. He died a marine; he will be sorely missed and we will remember him.”

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

My thoughts are with his family and friends on this sad day.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Royal Marine killed in Helmand.

Marine from 40 Commando dies in Afghan explosion

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Sadly another member of our Armed Forces has died in Afghanistan.

The BBC has this.

A Royal Marine has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence says.

The member of 40 Commando Royal Marines was killed while on a foot patrol in Sangin, Helmand Province, this morning.

The death take the total number of British service personnel killed in Afghanistan to 285.

Next of kin have been informed and asked for a period of grace before further details were released, an MoD spokesperson said.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, said:

“He was part of a foot patrol in an operation which was being conducted in support of the Afghan National Army when he was struck by an explosion.

“He died in the course of his duty, seeking to provide reassurance and security to the local nationals in Sangin. He will be sorely missed and his sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

My thoughts at this sad time are with his family and friends.

BBC News – Marine dies in Afghan explosion.

Two UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan

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Sadly another reminder to our Politicians that we are, despite the media blackout /censorship, fighting a war in Afghanistan. Two soldiers have been killed in the line of Duty whilst we have suspended effective government for a month.

Let us hope that come Friday we can expect the new government to get serious with what is happening to our ArmedĀ  Forces in Afghanistan.

The BBC has this:

Two British soldiers have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

One soldier, from 21 Engineer Regiment Group, died in a traffic accident.

The other, from the same regiment, was killed in an explosion – both died in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. Next of kin have been informed.

The latest deaths on Monday morning mean 284 UK military personnel have been killed in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001.

Reconnaissance trip

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lt Col James Carr-Smith, said of the soldier killed in the blast: “He was travelling to meet up with local Afghan contractors prior to continuing with reconstruction programmes when he was killed in an explosion.”

Lt Col Carr-Smith said the other casualty had been “part of a team conducting a reconnaissance to replace a bridge over a canal in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand, in order that local Afghans could travel more freely, when he was killed in a traffic accident.”

Lt Col Carr-Smith also said both soldiers died in the course of their duty, and would be remembered.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the two soldiers.

BBC News – Two UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Soldier from 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh killed in Afghanistan

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News of the sad death of a Soldier from 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh in Afghanistan. The MOD has released this:

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh. The soldier was killed as a result of a gunshot wound sustained during an exchange of fire with insurgents that happened near Showal, in the Nad-e-Ali District of Helmand Province, during the afternoon of 7 April 2010.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, said:

It is my sad duty to have to inform you that a soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh was killed this afternoon in an area to the south east of Showal in Nad-e Ali District, central Helmand. He was on a foot patrol which came under attack from insurgents and in the ensuing fire-fight he was shot and killed. He died doing his duty and he will be deeply missed by us, his comrades, but his indomitable courage in the face of the enemy will be remembered.

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a 24 hour period of grace before further details are released.

My thoughts are with his family and friends on this sad night.

PoliticsHome | Soldier from 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh killed in Afghanistan | PoliticsHome | Press Release.

Soldier from 3 Rifles killed in Afghanistan

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Another piece of sad news from Afghanistan last night, when a soldier from 3 Rifles was killed in Afghanistan. The MOD has this:

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from 3rd Battalion, The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan today, Sunday 4 April 2010.

The soldier was killed as a result of an explosion that happened near Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province, this morning.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, said:

“It is with deep sadness I must inform you that a British soldier, one of our comrades, was killed this morning by an explosion in the Kajaki area of northern Helmand.

“He was from 3 RIFLES and was on a foot patrol against insurgents to the north east of Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, an area known by us as 3 Peaks, when the explosion happened.

“His courage and resolve, confronting the enemy and the dangers of IEDs day on day, will not be forgotten; we will remember him.”

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

My thoughts are with his family and friends on this sad day.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Soldier from 3 Rifles killed in Afghanistan.

Soldier from Coldstream Guards killed in Afghanistan

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Sadly another soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. One day into a new month is a very bad start, let us hope this is the last. The MOD has this:

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards has been killed in Afghanistan today, 1 April 2010.

The soldier died as a result of an explosion that happened in the Babaji District of central Helmand province, this morning.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, said:

“It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of a British soldier from the Coldstream Guards in the Babaji area of central Helmand early this morning.

“He was on a routine foot patrol when he was caught by an explosion. The patrol was operating near the newly built Patrol Base Walizi, part of the ongoing operations by the Coldstream Guards Battle Group in that area to bring security to local people.

“His loss is a bitter blow, keenly felt by all of us, but his selfless commitment and unremitting courage in the face of danger will not be forgotten.”

Next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released.

My thoughts on this sad day are with his family and friends.

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Soldier from Coldstream Guards killed in Afghanistan.