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Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burnett GCB, DFC, AFC 10 March 1913 - 16 September 2011
Part of pre war Egypt-Australia record breakers, wartime bomber pilot who implemented withdrawl from east of Suez

Maj General John Cordingley OBE 1 September 1916 - 14 October 2011
Evacuated from Dunkirk, gunnery instructor, commanded British Army's first nuclear missile regiment

Col Peter Storie-Pugh CBE, MC 1 November 1919- 20 October 2011
Awarded MC for resisting German offensive in Northern France, subsequently in Colditz after persistent escape attempts

Maj General Giles Mills CB, CVO, OBE 1 April 1922 - 12 September 2011
Served in North African and through Italian campaign, finally Director of Manning (Army)

Sqn Ldr (Anthony) Peter Russell DFC 8 August 1918 - 1 August 2011
From Coastal Command to Bomber Command, sustained bombing of German, and raced US forces to Hong Kong

Lt Col Freddy Cardoza MC 1 December 1916 - 7 October 2011
Reservist who escaped from Dunkirk and who was sent into Occupied France to supportand lead the Resistance

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  • KP- Taliban planned to release prisoners in Faryab
    Taliban militants had planned to seize the provincial capital of northern Faryab province and storm the province’s jail to release prisoners. Brigadier General Dawlat Waziri, the deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said in a press conference on Monday that Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on Maimana from all directions yesterday and engaged in a heavy gun battle with security forces till this morning.
  • KP- Suicide attack rocks capital Kabul
    A relatively heavy explosion rocked capital Kabul earlier tonight after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in Darul Aman area of the city. Gun battle between the security forces and a group of militants was also reported in the area with local residents saying they have heard two blasts in the area so far.
  • ibTimes- Taliban Claims Recapture Of Kunduz After Counterattacks On Afghan Forces
    Taliban forces claim to have have recaptured large parts of Kunduz Monday hours after government forces gained brief control of the Afghan city, Al Jazeera reported. Taliban fighters started counter operations pushing back Afghan forces, according to Al Jazeera.
  • KP- New ISIS video purportedly shows beheading of a man in Nangarhar
    The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have released a new propaganda video claimed to be filmed in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
  • AP- Tombstone native killed in Afghanistan crash
    A Tombstone native has been identified as one of five civilians killed along with a crew of six in the crash of an Air Force transport in Afghanistan. Rep. Martha McSally's office announced Monday that Carlos Carrasco was on board the C-130J that crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad air field on Oct. 1.
  • CBSNews- Pentagon changes story on hospital airstrike in Afghanistan
    Two days after the U.S. airstrike that destroyed this hospital in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has now changed its story on how and why the attack happened. It was not -- as was first said -- called in by U.S. forces under threat while working with Afghan government troops trying to retake Kunduz from the Taliban. The airstrike was called in by the Afghans themselves, U.S. General John Campbell said.
  • NewRepublic- This Is What a Modern Bride in Afghanistan Looks Like
    Long coveted for its location along the Silk Road, the Afghan city of Herat sits at the confluence of cultures and contradictions. The city has seen more than its fair share of rulers: Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan in ancient times, the Taliban and Hamid Karzai more recently. Colorful evidence of past and present dots the city: The bright blue minarets of the fifteenth-century Jama Masjid mosque rise out of the dust, while smooth new roadways, paid for by neighboring Iran, crisscross the cityscape.
  • NPR- U.S. General Says Afghan Forces Requested Airstrike At Kunduz Hospital
    The top U.S. officer in Iraq, Gen. John Campbell, says the airstrike Saturday was targeting Taliban forces in Kunduz. A hospital nearby was hit, killing 22 people, including three children.
  • ToloNews- Taliban Attack Maymana City, Clash With Security Forces
    Taliban insurgents attacked Maymana city, the capital of northern Faryab province, on Sunday evening and clashed with security forces. Sayed Abdul Baqi Hashemi, Provincial Council head, told TOLOnews that the insurgents attacked the city on Sunday about 5pm and clashes continued until 3am early Monday.
  • KP- Taliban plan to shift Quetta Shura to Helmand
    Brigadier General Abdul Raziq, the police chief of southern Kandahar province has said that Taliban plan to shift Quetta Shura from Pakistan to Afghanistan. According to Brig. General Raziq, Taliban with support from Pakistan have ramped up their activities in northern parts of Helmand province in order to pave way for applying their plan.

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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