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  • NYTimes- The Hardest (and Most Important) Job in Afghanistan
    arly one cold January morning on the high plains of eastern Afghanistan, Maj. Mohammad Qasim and a few of his officers gathered in the rundown barracks that serve as a district headquarters for the Afghan National Police in Baraki Barak. Qasim and his officers were the only government security available to the 100,000 people living in a district roughly twice the size of Manhattan, and about half of the district was now controlled by the Taliban. Kabul is just 40 miles away, but the Afghan National Army had not been to Baraki Barak in two years.
  • afghanistantimes- 5 NGO staffers kidnapped
    At least five workers of ‘Save the Children’, a non-governmental organization (NGO) were kidnapped by unknown armed men in southern Uruzgan province, said official on Tuesday. Pajhwok Afghan News Agency quoted Police chief of Trinkot city’s first district, Gul Agha, as saying that the NGO works were traveling to Surkhab district to monitor their project when they were kidnapped by the gunmen.
  • ToloNews- 48 Killed in Rescue Operation to Free Hazara Passengers
    At least 48 militants have been killed so far during the operation in southern Zabul province to rescue about 30 passengers abducted about two weeks ago on the Kabul-Kandahar highway, security sources said. Three commanders of the armed militants operating under Daesh group were also among the killed militants, said Gen. Abdul Hamid, commander of the Afghan National Army (ANA) 205th Atal Corps.
  • NBCNews- Afghan Forces Locked in Deadly Battle to Free Hostages
    Afghan soldiers were locked in a deadly battle to free dozens of hostages being held in the restive south of the country, officials told NBC News on Wednesday.
  • KP- 7 people killed, 7 injured in suicide attack in Helmand
    Seven people have been killed and seven others wounded in a suicide attack in southern Helmand province. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of restive Helmand province confirms the incident. He said that the ones killed included five civilians and two soldiers.
  • afghanistantimes- 121 insurgents killed in nationwide offensives
    At least 121 militants were killed and one wounded within past 24 hours in the nationwide offensives launched against anti-state elements. In a press release issued here, Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with Afghan National Army (ANA) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) has launched joint operations against insurgents in different parts of Nangarhar, Takhar, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Herat, Farah and Helmand provinces. In these operations 121 rebels including 23 foreign fighters were killed and one another injured.
  • AFP- Van bomb kills 9 in southern Afghanistan
    A Taliban suicide attacker driving an explosives-laden van carrying goats killed nine people including five civilians in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said. The attacker targeted a joint Afghan army and police base in the Sangin district of the volatile southern province of Helmand. “Nine people, including five civilians, two soldiers and two police were killed in the attack,” provincial spokesman Omar Zhwak told AFP.
  • csmonitor- Why Pakistan would welcome delayed US withdrawal from Afghanistan
    Pakistan's ambassador to Washington, Jalil Abbas Jilani, told reporters at a Monitor Breakfast Tuesday that the country has seen heightened militant activity along its border as US troops have drawn down in eastern Afghanistan.
  • Newsweek- Afghan War Is Over, but U.S. Drone Strikes Continue
    On December 28, 2014, the U.S. government said that the war in Afghanistan was officially over. But the conflict persists today, as U.S special forces and drones continue to hunt down members of the Afghan Taliban.

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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