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  • KP- 62 including Taliban named Dangam district governor killed
    The defense ministry of Afghanistan says to have killed 62 insurgents in Kunar’s Dangam district including Ahmad Khan who was named by the Taliban as the district governor for Dangam in eastern Kunar province.
  • Guardian- US releases four Guantánamo Bay prisoners to Afghanistan
    The US announced on Saturday the release of four more prisoners from the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. The four men were repatriated to Afghanistan. Paul Lewis, the Defense Department’s special envoy for the closure of Guantánamo, said: “This repatriation reflects the Defense Department’s continued commitment to closing the detention facility at Guantánamo in a responsible manner.”
  • pakistantoday- Pak Army gives Afghan govt, ISAF ‘reasonable’ time to ‘drone out’ Fazlullah
    Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Friday informed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about the army and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)’s decision to target Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, who was reportedly in contact with the Peshawar school attackers from Afghanistan during the assault which left 143 people, mostly school children, dead on December 16.
  • xinhuanet- 8 killed in U.S. drone strike along Pak-Afghan border
    At least eight militants were killed when U.S. pilotless aircraft launched missile strikes along Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Friday, local media reported. Dunya TV said the aircraft pounded a militants' hideout located at Afghan side of the border when several suspected militants were gathering there.
  • ToloNews- Female Lawyer Found Dead in Bagrami
    A female lawyer's body was found on Thursday in Bagrami district of Kabul, police officials said. According to police, the lawyer's body has been identified as Kabul's family court lawyer know as Fahima. Kabul police said that Fahima disappeared Thursday after she left the office around 3 p.m.
  • itv- Pakistani army kill 67 militants near Afghan border
    Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said, days after the Taliban killed 148 people - mostly children - in a school massacre.
  • AFP- Conflicting loyalties among Afghans at Mullah Omar's mosque
    At the mosque where Mullah Omar founded the Taliban movement 20 years ago, villagers are weighing up whether to side with the insurgents or the government as the United States ends its long war in Afghanistan.
  • NATO- ISAF casualty, December 19, 2014
    KABUL, Afghanistan (December 19, 2014) – An International Security Assistance Force contracted-civilian died as a result of a non-battle related injury in eastern Afghanistan today.
  • usnews- WikiLeaks Releases Downbeat CIA Appraisal of Strikes in Afghanistan
    A CIA report in 2009 found that "high-value targeting" had limited utility in beating back the Taliban in Afghanistan, ahead of an increase in drone strikes against the group. The internal agency report, released without official permission Thursday by WikiLeaks, analyzed the targeting of insurgent group leaders for capture or assassination by U.S. and other governments in various armed conflicts.
  • KP- Kidnappers arrested, school child recovered
    National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday said to have arrested a group of 5 kidnappers and released a boy kidnapped from Taimani area of Kabul city. NDS says 12 years old Ahmadzai, a student of grade 5, was handed over to his father Tooryalai after release from the kidnappers.

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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