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Marking the passing of those who served this country in its Armed Forces. Contributions from comrades and families welcome

Marking the passing of those who have served this country. Contributions from comrades, friends and family welcome

Marking the passing of those who served this country witth distinction. Comments from colleagues, families and friends welcome.

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  • Reuters - Taliban launch spring offensive, attack US Bagram Air Base outside Kabul with rocket
    Taliban insurgents shot rockets onto a US base outside Kabul and targeted Afghan government buildings in a provincial capital on Friday, as they officially launched their spring offensive in a year that has already seen fierce fighting.
  • ToloNews- Police Action Saves 7 of 10 Passengers Kidnapped on Kabul-Jalalabad Highway
    At least seven of 10 passengers taken hostage Friday evening along Kabul-Jalalabad highway have been released but three others are still being held by unknown gunmen, local officials said Saturday. The incident happened in Sorkhakan district, eastern Laghman province, when unknown gunmen took 10 passengers hostage, Laghman Police Chief Dawood Amin said.
  • AFP- Insurgent mortar attack kills 5 in Afghanistan
    At least five members of a family have been killed after an insurgent mortar hit their house in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan provincial authorities said on Saturday. “Five Afghan civilians, four women and a man were killed in an enemy mortar attack in Alingar district of Laghman province late on Friday evening,” provincial police chief, Daud Amin, told AFP.
  • KP- Two solders martyred, 15 militants killed in Kundoz clashes
    Two soldiers embraced martyrdom and 15 Taliban killed during clashes erupted after Taliban militants attacked a number of security check posts in northern Kundoz province. General Abdul Saboor, police chief of Kundoz province says that the clashes erupted in Khan Abad, Ali Abad, Imam Sahib and Chahar Dara Districts on Thursday night
  • TheGuardian- Kandahar city power project in jeopardy as USAid prepares to pull plug
    One of the US government’s flagship programmes for development in the strategic south of Afghanistan risks running aground. According to current plans, when the US Agency for International Development (USAid) withdraws funding for power in Kandahar city later this year, it will also pull the plug on thousands of factories and homes, potentially aiding the Taliban, which until 2001 had its stronghold in Kandahar.
  • KP- Militants kill groom and his family members in Farah province
    A group of insurgents attacked a wedding ceremony in western Farah province of Afghanistan on Friday, leaving the groom dead along with his family members. According to the local government officials, the incident took place around 12:00 pm local time in the capital city of Farah province.
  • Pajhwok- 3 civilians wounded in Kandahar blast
    At least three persons were wounded in a bomb blast on Friday morning in southern Kandahar province, the acting governor’s spokesman said. Samim Khpalwak told Pajhwok Afghan News three persons including a woman and child, injured in the explosion that was triggered by a planted roadside bomb.
  • KP- Suspected militant critically injured while placing IED in Baghlan
    A suspected insurgent was critically injured while he was placing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan The incident took place in Pul-e-Khumri – the capital city of Baghlan province, local government officials said.
  • KP- Rocket attack on govt compounds in Ghazni as Taliban launches offensive
    The Taliban militants launched rocket attacks on a number of government compounds in southeastern Ghazni province early on Friday morning as the group launched summer offensive. According to local government officials, at least three rockets landed on Information & Culture Directorate, provincial municipality and Museum compounds.
  • NYTimes- Taliban Are Said to Target Hazaras to Try to Match ISIS’ Brutality
    A wave of kidnappings followed by numerous beheadings of members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic group have spread alarm and anger among a people who historically have been this country’s most persecuted.

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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