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.

Royal Marine from 40 Commando killed in Sangin

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Sadly  a 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 confirm that a Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in Afghanistan today, Friday 21 May 2010.

The Royal Marine was killed in an explosion that happened near Patrol Base Almas, in Sangin, Helmand province, this morning.

He was conducting a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army to reassure and improve the security for the local population 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 this morning in Sangin.

“He was conducting reassurance operations with the Afghan National Army when he was struck by an explosion.

“He died a Marine, doing his duty alongside his British and Afghan comrades. His actions will not be forgotten and we will always 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 Sangin.

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.

British soldier dies in Afghanistan blast

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A sad reminder to our politicians that whilst they are fighting the General Election, our Armed Forces are fighting a real war in Afghanistan. The BBC has this

A British soldier has died in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

The soldier, from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment serving with 40 Commando Royal Marines Battle Group, was killed on Sunday.

He died near PB Waterloo military base in Sangin, Helmand Province. His next of kin have been informed.

He is the 282nd member of the British military to be killed in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith said: “He was providing protection to his fellow soldiers who were returning from a patrol when tragically he was killed in an explosion.

“He will be greatly missed and his actions will not be forgotten.”

The last soldier to be killed in Afghanistan was Fusilier Jonathan Burgess, of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh who died in the Nad Ali area of Helmand on 7 April.

Fusilier Burgess, 20, from Swansea, was shot during a fire fight while on patrol aimed at disrupting insurgents.

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

BBC News – British soldier dies in Afghanistan blast.

Soldier from 3 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan

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Sadly another soldier has been killed in Afghanistan today, he was serving in 3 Rifles and was on patrol near Sangin, an area that has been very bad for the UK forces in the past few months. The MOD has this.

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from 3rd Battalion The RIFLES, serving with 3 RIFLES Battle Group, during the afternoon of 27 March 2010.

The soldier died as a result of an explosion which occurred in an area 1km to the east of Sangin District Centre, in Helmand Province.

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

“It is my sad duty to inform you that a British soldier has been killed by an explosion about one kilometre east of the Sangin District Centre bazaar.

“He was part of a patrol which had just completed providing protection for soldiers from the counter-IED Task Force to deal with an unexploded insurgent bomb, an operation to protect and save lives.

“The bomb had been successfully dealt with and the 3 RIFLES soldiers had continued on their foot patrol when a suicide bomber in a car detonated himself near them.

“We have lost another of our fellow soldiers, one of our comrades, whose indefatigable courage in the face of danger day after day will not be forgotten.”

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

This death was not connected to Operation MOSHTARAK.

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

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

Soldier killed near Sangin

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Sadly another soldier has died in Afghanistan, He was serving as part of 3 Rifles near Sangin. The MOD has this.

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that a soldier from A Company, 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES), serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, was killed in Afghanistan today, Monday 22 March 2010.

The soldier died as a result of an explosion which occurred in an area 3km south of Sangin district centre in Helmand province this morning.

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

“It is my sad duty to have to inform you that a soldier from 3 RIFLES was killed this morning by an explosion. It happened about 3 kilometres south of Sangin district centre in an area where the 3 RIFLES Battle Group has been pushing back the insurgents and bringing security to the local people.

“The soldier was operating in support of a foot patrol when, as he crossed a small bridge, he was struck by an IED. His bravery and selfless commitment to his comrades and to this fight will not be forgotten.”

This incident was not connected to Operation MOSHTARAK.

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 killed near Sangin.

Cocktail of ingredients making Sangin so lethal


BBC Newsnight had this last night on Sangin and how it is a Lethal Cocktail.

Sangin in Afghanistan is the most dangerous place in the world for UK troops, with six UK servicemen being killed there since the beginning of this month. Newsnight’s Mark Urban travelled to Sangin to report on what is happening on the ground and why it is proving so lethal for UK troops.

Among British soldiers in Afghanistan, Sangin has the grimmest reputation. Half of all UK forces casualties occur in this one area of operations, with about one tenth of Britain’s forces in Afghanistan deployed in it.

When the 2nd Battalion of the Rifles finished its tour in Sangin in the late summer of 2009, soldiers spoke about their six-month stint as an epic of hard fighting.

It had certainly been a difficult time, with 22 soldiers killed and dozens seriously wounded.

And while the attention has been on central Helmand and Operation Moshtarak, the losses incurred by the 3 Rifles Battlegroup, the battalion that took over in Sangin last October, have climbed to 27 killed, with around one month of their tour still to serve.

Eight Afghan National Army soldiers have also lost their lives there during the same five month period.

Follow the rest on the link below.

BBC News – Newsnight – Cocktail of ingredients making Sangin so lethal.

Insurgent activity in Sangin – Afghanistan

Not sure if the MOD is reading my blog but this has just been posted by the aptly named General Messenger:

Insurgent activity in Sangin

Messenger The loss of any British or Afghan service person is very sad and our thoughts remain with the families of those who have died in Sangin and elsewhere in Afghanistan. Sangin is the most challenging area in which British troops operate and is where we have taken many of our casualties.  Significant progress has been made in Sangin over the last three years.

The District Centre and bazaar area remain largely secure and this has given the vast majority of law-abiding Afghan citizens a haven and a focus for their legitimate activity. Such advances would not be possible were it not for the sacrifices and continued endeavours of the coalition and Afghan forces on the ground and, despite the challenges, the Combined Force remains ever more determined to succeed.

Sangin is an area that matters deeply both to the Taliban and the Afghan government, which is why it is so keenly contested. The area is currently experiencing a relatively high level of activity. Spikes in incidents have been experienced previously and there is no evidence that this is due fighters moving from the area of Op MOSHTARAK.  We cannot discount, however, that the upsurge in activity is a deliberate ploy by the Taliban leadership to deflect attention from the successes in Central Helmand.

The situation is being closely monitored by ISAF, and a number of security and political measures have been taken to counter the increased level of insurgent activity.

Maj Gen Gordon Messenger, UK Military Spokesman

Let us hope that they are indeed taking measures to ensure there are no more deaths of Allied Soldiers.

Insurgent activity in Sangin – Afghanistan.

Soldier from 1 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan

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Sadly the MOD are reporting the death of another soldier in Afghanistan.

And yet again it is in the area of Sangin in Helmand. This is the 6th Soldier to be killed already this month near Sangin and we must yet again ask why this is happening? Are resources thin on the ground stopping proper patrolling and operations whilst Operation Moshtarak is taking place? Are the Taliban just moving to a different area?

The MOD has this:

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES), serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, in Afghanistan yesterday, Sunday 7 March 2010.

The soldier died as a result of an explosion which occurred in an area three kilometres south of Sangin district centre, in Helmand province.

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

“It is with a heavy heart I must inform you of the death of a second British soldier in a separate incident yesterday, in the Sangin area of northern Helmand province.

“He was from 1 RIFLES, serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, and was on a foot patrol near Patrol Base Almas, which is to the south of Sangin district centre, when he was killed by an explosion.

“We have lost one of our comrades and he will be sorely missed but his boldness and his selfless commitment to this fight will not be forgotten.”

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

This death was not connected to Operation MOSHTARAK.

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

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | Soldier from 1 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan.

Soldier from 3 RIFLES killed near Sangin on 5 March

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As Gordon Brown cynically visits Afghanistan the day after his Chilcot Inquiry “performance”, we hear of the sad news of the death of a British Soldier. The MOD has this.

The soldier died from wounds received as a result of an explosion which occurred near Sangin, in Helmand Province, during the morning of 5 March 2010.

The soldier’s death was not connected to Operation MOSHTARAK.

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

“It is my sad duty to inform you that yesterday a British soldier from 3 RIFLES died as a result of an explosion in Sangin, northern Helmand.

“He was on a foot patrol to the south-west of Patrol Base Blenheim when he was struck by an explosion.

“He died in the course of his duty and among his comrades. He will be sorely missed and we will remember him.”

The soldier’s 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 near Sangin on 5 March.