Tuesday, 04 August 2015
Up-to-the-minute perspectives on defence, security and peace
issues from and for policy makers and opinion leaders.

     |      View our Twitter page at twitter.com/defenceredbox     |     


Add comment

Security code

Latest from icasualties.org

  • ToloNews- Mullah Omar's Death Raises Many Questions
    Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said that news of the death of the Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has raised numerous questions, particularly in relation to the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
  • KP- Afghan forces attack Taliban gathering mourning Mullah Omar’s death
    The Afghan security forces attacked a gathering of the Taliban militants mourning the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the group’s supreme leader who was confirmed dead last week. According to the local government officials, the gathering was organized on Tuesday in the outskirts of Ghazni city.
  • ToloNews- Concerns Increase Over High Civilian Toll
    The Afghan Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday raised concerns about the increased level of violence and the spike in civilian casualties recorded so far this year. On the basis of AIHRC findings, armed oppositions are responsible for more than 70 per cent of civilian casualties, which has increased dramatically, in the country.
  • KP- Attack on Presidential Palace and NATO bases foiled in Kabul
    National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives foiled a coordinated attack plot on the Afghan Presidential Palace, Ministry of Defense and two NATO bases in capital Kabul.
  • ToloNews- U.S to Provide $800 Million in Aid to Afghanistan
    U.S to Provide $800 Million in Aid to Afghanistan The US ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley said on Monday that the U.S will provide $800 million USD to Afghanistan in aid within the framework of a new development partnership between the two countries.
  • ToloNews- Mullah Omar's Son Yaqub Reportedly Killed
    Afghanistan's first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) Zahir Qadir on Monday said that Mullah Omar's son, Mullah Yaqub, was killed last week in Quetta, Pakistan. According to him, Mullah Yaqub, who had hoped to succeed his father as leader of the Taliban, was killed while at a meeting in the city four days ago (Thursday).
  • KP- First clash between Taliban militants following Mullah Omar’s death
    A clash broke out between the Taliban militants for the first time since the confirmation of the group’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death. The incident reportedly took place in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Monday following a verbal clash between the militants regarding the appointment of the group’s new supreme leader.
  • KP- Two senior Taliban commanders killed in Takhar
    Two senior Taliban commanders have been killed in by security forces in northeastern Takhar province, an official said on Friday. Khalil Asir, spokesman for the police headquarters of Takhar province said that the operations were conducted in Ishkamish and Khwaja Ghar districts.
  • KP- Bomb blast kills three children in Bamyan
    Three children haven killed and another wounded in a landmine explosion in northeastern part of Bamyan province. Officials say the blast took place in Tapa Boom area of Yakawlang District when children were collecting wood for burning.
  • AP- New Afghan Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency
    The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released Saturday, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader.

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.


We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Defence Viewpoints website. However, if you would like to, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. You may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. Please note that you will lose some features and functionality on this website if you choose to disable cookies. For example, you may not be able to link into our Twitter feed, which gives up to the minute perspectives on defence and security matters.