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  • Pajhwok- 19 rebels dead in Paktika, Kandahar clashes
    At least 19 militants have been killed and eight others wounded in clashes with security forces in southeastern Paktika and southern Kandahar provinces, officials said on Thursday.
  • NPR- He Calmed Kandahar. But At What Cost?
    The southern Afghan city of Kandahar was the birthplace of the Taliban and has long been considered one the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. But the city has grown peaceful in recent years, and much of the credit has been given to an American ally: Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq, the provincial police chief.
  • KP- Suicide car bomb attack foiled in key part of Kabul city
    The Afghan national security forces thwarted a plot to carry out a suicide car bomb attack in capital Kabul late on Thursday afternoon. The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said a would-be suicide bomber was arrested and a Veicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was confiscated by the intelligence operatives.
  • WaPo- Satellite photos of Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, before and after U.S. withdrawal
    The top U.S. watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction released a new report Wednesday that details how the military constructed an extravagant $33 million headquarters building at a major U.S. military base in Afghanistan, even though the top general there requested in 2010 that the project be stopped.
  • Reuters - U.S. wasted $36 million on "unwanted, unused" Afghan base - watchdog
    The United States wasted $36 million in taxpayer funds building a military base in Afghanistan that was "unwanted, unneeded, and unused", a U.S. government watchdog said on Wednesday.
  • Reuters- Bomb kills five outside Afghanistan's Ministry of Justice
    A car bomb exploded in the parking lot of Afghanistan's Ministry of Justice on Tuesday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens as civil servants in Kabul were leaving work for the day, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the third attack targeting justice system employees this month, saying the insurgents would continue to kill judges and prosecutors.
  • AP- 12 Afghan cops killed in multiple checkpoint attacks
    At least a dozen Afghan police officers were killed in a series of insurgent attacks on checkpoints in the country’s southern Uruzgan province, an official said. Nematullah Khan Roshan, deputy district chief for the Charcheno district in Uruzgan, said on Wednesday that Taliban insurgents attacked three separate police checkpoints on Monday night.

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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