Afghanistan - The 200th death.

Is it me, or did 'the powers that be' withhold the announcement of the death of the 200th serviceman in Afghanistan until the 201st had happened?

I might just be being cynical and untrusting of our glorious leaders, but that is how, to me, the reporting appeared over the weekend.

I know numbers aren't important - every death is a tragedy (and in this particular theatre, sadly, pointless). But I think the MoD/New Liarbour Spin Machine wanted to dilute the news and wrong foot the media who, no doubt, would have had a field day with their headlines.

Tragically events have overtaken even this with the news of three more men killed since.

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