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Marking the passing of those who have served this country. Comments and additions from comrades and families welcome

Marking the passing of those who have served this country - see page 2. Contributions and comments from comrades and family welcome

Marking the passing of those who have served this country on the next page. Contributions and comments from comrades and family always welcome. This month includes George Cross holder.

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  • KP- Unidentified gunmen torch school in Ghazni
    Unidentified armed men have torched a school in the outskirt of Ghazni city, the provincial capital of Ghazni province. Mohammad Abid Abid, the director of the directorate of education in Ghazni province said that the incident took place in Khosk area around 10 pm last night.
  • KP- Two killed, 11 wounded in Kundoz explosion
    Two civilians have lost lives and 11 others, including policemen, sustained injuries in a bomb explosion in northern Kundoz province. Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman for the provincial police headquarters said that the bomb was attached to a civilian vehicle that detonated at the entrance of the regional hospital in Kundoz city this morning.
  • BBC- Afghanistan probes Mullah Omar 'death' claim
    The Afghan government is investigating new reports that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, a spokesman said. The Taliban has yet to comment on the claim, which was made by top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency.
  • KP- 22 militants killed in newest military operations
    22 militants have been killed in newest military operations in eleven provinces, Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday morning. A statement issued by the ministry states that these operations were conducted in Kunar, Nangarhar, Kundoz, Faryab, Balkh, Kandahar, Zabul, Urozgan, Maidan Wardak and Paktia province in past 24 hours.
  • KP- Taliban militants launch major attack in Kunar province
    Heavy clashes continue between the Taliban militants and the Afghan security forces in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan after the Taliban militants launched a major attack in Marwar district.
  • NYTimes- Taliban Make Gains Across 3 Provinces in Afghanistan
    The Taliban have seized territory across three provinces in northern Afghanistan in recent days, as the government in Kabul has struggled to reinforce isolated outposts amid the insurgent offensive. More than 100 police officers in the north have surrendered to the Taliban in this latest campaign, and more than a thousand men — including some soldiers, but mostly fighters with pro-government militias — have retreated.
  • thepeninsulaqatar- 38 Militants Killed in newest military Operations in Afghanistan
    38 militants have been killed and 42 wounded in newest military operations across the country, Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior announced on Monday morning. According to a statement issued by the ministry, the insurgents were killed in Faryab, Urozgan, Logar, Ghazni, Paktia, Heart and Helmand provinces in past 24 hours.
  • KP- Deadly wedding clash in Baghlan was likely due to ‘Bacha Baazi’
    A deadly gun battle in a wedding in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan was likely triggered due to verbal clash over Bacha Baazi, local officials said. The provincial governor Sultan Mohammad Ebadi said preliminary reports indicate that irresponsible armed individuals started an argument over a young boy which led to gun battle between the two groups.
  • KP- Explosion kills former government official in Khost
    A former government official who was currently feeding his family through driving a taxi has been killed in an explosion in Khost province. (Photo Credit Abdulhaq Omeri) Officials say the bomb was attached to the slain man’s taxi which exploded in Khost city around 12pm this afternoon.
  • KP- ISIS chief al-Baghdadi approved beheading of a woman as a “wedding gift”
    The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sanctioned the beheading of a woman as a “wedding gift” to a female sharia judge, it has been revealed.

British military casualties - Editorial policy

In the service of our country.

Eulogies for all personnel killed on UK operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are posted as soon as they have been released by the UK Ministry of Defence. Each eulogy we publish for men down in operations brings a lump to the throat. We are losing the best of the best. Politicians must ensure that, when the newspaper cuttings have faded, their sacrifice has had some meaning, has helped bring about a good result. Anything else would be a waste for which they will be eternally condemned.

There is invariably at least a 24 hour gap between the official release of news of an event and the naming of the dead. This is to allow families to be informed and proper eulogoies to be produced. Occasionally families request no euologies or comment. We abide by guidance we receive on such sensitive matters. We regret that information on those who sacrifice almost as much through grave injury is seldom released by the MoD for operational reasons, and so we are unable to pay tribute.


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