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  • KP- 6 Afghan soldiers martyred in roadside bomb explosion
    At least 6 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following roadside bomb explosion, defense officials said Tuesday. The exact location of the incident where the 6 Afghan army soldiers were martyred was not disclosed.
  • NPR- Afghanistan Signs Deal Allowing 10,000 U.S. Troops To Remain
    Afghanistan has signed a pact with the U.S. to allow about 10,000 troops to remain in the country after the end of the year, when most American forces are to be withdrawn. The country's newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani, sworn in on Monday, signed the Bilateral Security Agreement, or BSA, which would leave in place the U.S. troops and a few others from NATO allies to bolster Afghan forces.
  • aap- 14 killed before Afghan inauguration
    At least 14 people, including four Taliban militants, have been killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan, a day before the country inaugurates a new president.
  • Tolonews- Military Officers' Driver Injured in Kabul Blast
    A magnetic mine that was placed on the vehicle of a military officer detonated in Zanbaq Square in Kabul city early Sunday, injuring only the driver, local officials said. The explosion happened in a diplomatic area in Kabul just a day before President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai takes oath of office.
  • Reuters- Security Out in Force Before Afghan Presidential Inauguration
    Security is tight in the Afghan capital, Kabul, ahead of Monday's inauguration of Ashraf Ghani, who will replace longtime leader Hamid Karzai just before most foreign troops withdraw from the violence-racked country at the end of the year.
  • KP- 5 policemen martyred in Wardak roadside bomb explosion
    At least five policemen were martyred following an explosion in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place late Saturday in Jalrez district. Provincial governor spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani said the incident took place in Ismail Khel area after a vehicle of the police forces struck with an improvised explosive device (IED).
  • KP- Karzai signs off on death penalty for top Mafia leader Habib Istalif
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed off on death penalty for top Mafia leader Habib Istalif on Sunday, the Office of Administrative Affairs and Council of Ministers Secretariat following a statement.

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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