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  • pakistantoday- Six killed in blast outside mosque in Afghanistan
    A bomb blast killed six people and wounded 12 shortly after they left a mosque following Friday prayers in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province, a police spokesman said. Jawad Basharat, spokesman for Baghlan’s police chief, said the Friday blast occurred just outside the mosque.
  • KP- Civilians among 8 killed in Baghlan explosion
    At least eight people including children were killed and 13 others were injured following an explosion in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan. The incident took place in Baraka district on Friday after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off.
  • afghanistantimes- Afghans in search of modern health facilities
    The prolonged miseries of Afghans yet to be addressed by the government as hundreds of patients due to lack of quality health facilities in hospitals go beyond frontiers for treatment despite heavy costs. Decades of war paralyzing health sector compelled patients to go to India, Iran, Turkey and Pakistan, mostly for medical treatment, bearing heavy cost of travel as well of expensive prescribed medicines and diagnostic tests.
  • CBSnews- AWOL Afghan police officers recovered
    Two Afghan policemen who were in the United States for drug trafficking training and vanished over the weekend have been found, says the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
  • KP- Afghan commandos kill over 30 militants including Pakistanis in Paktika
    Over 30 Taliban militants including Pakistani insurgents were killed following military operations conducted by Afghan special forces in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan.
  • DoD- Marine Casualty Identified
    Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, of Suffolk, Virginia, died Sept. 15, in Herat province, Afghanistan while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
  • KP- Six policemen martyred in Taliban ambush in Herat province
    At least six policemen were martyred following an ambush by Taliban militants in western Herat province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place in Chesht district on Tuesday. Obe district police chief, Sher Aqa Alokozay said Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of the police forces while they were on the way to Chesht district.
  • KP- 49 Taliban militants killed in clearing operations, MoI says
    At least 49 Taliban militants were killed and 15 others were arrested during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours. The operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives.
  • Tolonews- Taliban Burn Down Civilian Homes in Kunar
    Taliban insurgents burned downed six civilian houses in Kunar province on Tuesday night, local officials said on Wednesday. According to the provincial Police Chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhili, the Taliban ambushed local police outposts in Marwara district of the province two days ago, starting a clash with the local police in which seven insurgents were killed.
  • DoD- DoD Civilian Casualty Identified
    Stephen Byus, 39, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a member of the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio, working as a supply specialist, and assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan while deployed...died Sept. 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy attack.

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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