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  • Reuters- Hundreds of Taliban fighters battle Afghan forces near Kabul:
    As many as 700 heavily armed Taliban insurgents are battling Afghan security forces in Logar, a key province near the capital Kabul, local officials said on Tuesday, in a test of the Afghan military's strength as foreign forces pull out of the country.
  • Agencies- Clashes near Kabul as Karzai calls for political unity
    Outgoing Afghan president tells both candidates to reach an agreement ‘so that Afghanistan soon has an inclusive government in which nobody is left out’ About 200 Taliban fighters launched an offensive in a province near Kabul on Tuesday as Afghanistan’s disputed election threatens to leave the central government weakened at the same time as US troops pull out.
  • Reuters- Taliban launch major offensive in Afghan
    As many as 700 heavily armed Taliban insurgents are battling Afghan security forces in Logar, a key province near the capital Kabul, local officials said on Tuesday, in a test of the Afghan military’s strength as foreign forces pull out of the country.
  • WaPo- Nervous Afghans near political deadline
    With a crucial deadline soon approaching to inaugurate a new president and an election ballot recount in a critical stage, fears are growing that Afghanistan’s fragile transition process could collapse into violence.
  • paktribune- Taliban hang five in Afghanistan as fighting rages
    With a crucial deadline soon approaching to inaugurate a new president and an election ballot recount in a critical stage, fears are growing that Afghanistan’s fragile transition process could collapse into violence.
  • Tolonews- NDS Foils Coordinated Attack in Kabul
    The National Directorate of Security (NDS) arrested five insurgents who had planned to launch a series of suicide attacks in Kabul on the nation's 95th independence anniversary. According to the NDS statement, the insurgents wanted to detonate a vehicle loaded with improvised explosive devices (IED) as well as suicide vests and 10 magnetic bombs throughout several parts of Kabul.
  • Guardian- Police raid threatens Kabul’s cafe culture
    When Hassan Fazili returned to Kabul after nearly two decades of living abroad, the thing he missed the most were the cafes. The moustachioed Afghan filmmaker felt he owed the beginnings of his career to them — he had the idea to write his first script at a cafe in Tehran.
  • VOA- US Ambassador Presses for Quick Resolution of Afghan Elections
    The United States is urging Afghanistan to resolve its two-month presidential election dispute and have a new leader in place by the end of August. In an exclusive interview with VOA in Kabul, U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham acknowledges the deadline is an ambitious goal, but says it is an important one to keep. VOA's Sharon Behn reports
  • AFP- Police search for five aid workers kidnapped in Afghanistan
    Afghan police on Sunday sought to free five local Red Cross employees kidnapped by gunmen in the western province of Herat, in the latest case of aid workers being targeted. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team were taken hostage as they travelled by road to deliver aid in Herat, which has seen worsening violence in recent months.
  • AP- 5 aid workers abducted in western Afghanistan
    The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan is trying to gain the release of five staffers who were abducted in western Herat province, a spokesman said Saturday. The employees were traveling by road on Friday when they were detained by a local armed group, an ICRC spokesman said. The aid workers were delivering sheep to local villages when they were stopped by the gunmen.

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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