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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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  • WaPo- Afghan villagers skeptical as U.S. reopens probe into 2013 killings
    For the villagers of Nerkh district, it’s a matter of too little, too late. Too little: The decision by the U.S. military, first reported last week, to reopen a criminal investigation into the murders of at least 18 Afghan civilians, who were allegedly slain by an Army Special Forces A-team. Too late: The killings unfolded between 2012 and 2013. With so much time having passed, few expect that justice will be served.
  • WaPo- Afghan president calls for a ‘holy war’ against his country’s greatest enemy — corruption
    As he nears his first anniversary in office, Afghanistan’s president faces daunting challenges on every front, from a deteriorating economy and political infighting to a wave of bomb attacks that continue to terrorize the country’s capital.
  • KP- NDS detain 30 terrorists involved in recent Kabul attacks
    The National Directorate of security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has detained 30 key members of Haqqani terrorist network and Peshawar Shura of Taliban during special operations. A statement issued by NDS on Monday states that these terrorists were involved in recent deadly attacks in Kabul. These attacks left hundreds of people killed and wounded. Two of these attacks were carried out in Shah Shaheed and Fourth Macroryan areas and the two others were carried out on Hamid Karzai International Airport and Parliament House.
  • Pajhwok- 53 militants give up violence in Nangarhar
    Five commanders were among 53 Taliban insurgents who joined the Afghan government-initiated peace process in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Tuesday. Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi told a ceremony welcoming the reconciling rebels that the former insurgents had been active in Achin, Nazian, Ghanikhel and Momand Dara districts.
  • LATimes- Struggling to pave the way for future female leaders in Afghanistan
    When she became governor of her native Ghor in June, Seema Joyenda knew that she was taking responsibility for not only one of Afghanistan's most insecure and impoverished provinces, but also the political aspirations of many Afghan women. As soon as her appointment by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was announced, local religious leaders launched a protest.
  • KP- Afghan activist posts her naked photo to protest public lashing of woman
    A female Afghan activists has reportedly posted her nude photo in a bid to protest against the public punishment of a young woman and man in western Ghor province of Afghanistan. The photograph of the female activist was widely shared in social media websites with subscribers saying the activist who is a journalist took the bold step to denounce the trial and punishment of the young couple.
  • KP- Taliban shadow governor for Faryab arrested before escaping to Quetta
    Taliban group’s shadow governor for northern Faryab province was arrested before he manage to escape to Quetta city of Pakistan. The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Qari Salahuddin Ayubi was arrested from Herat-Shindand route on Monday night.
  • KP- Gen. Dostum returns to Kabul, declares Pakistan “Enemy of Afghanistan”
    The First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum returned to Kabul today after participating in a month long military operation in northern provinces of Afghanistan, specifically in northern Faryab province. Gen. Dostum appeared in a press conference after his return from the north and accused Pakistan, particularly the country’s military and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for being involved in the killing of innocent civilians and Afghan leaders.
  • NYTimes- Afghanistan’s Electoral Reform Plan Is Met With Skepticism
    Months late, Afghanistan’s electoral reform commission has delivered a list of proposals, in a critical step to holding overdue parliamentary elections.
  • ToloNews- NDS Arrests 30 Haqqani Militants Over Kabul Attacks
    Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Monday announced they had arrested 30 militants associated with the Haqqani terror network who were allegedly involved in the recent airport and Macrorayan suicide attacks in Kabul.

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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