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Grenadier killed in Afghanistan 26 07 07

RIP son - condolences to family, comrades and friends

British soldier killed in Afghanistan on Thursday 26 July 2007
26 Jul 07
It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards in southern Afghanistan today, Thursday 26 July 2007.

MOD Announcement
The soldier died during a deliberate operation aimed at disrupting Taliban forces in the Upper Gereshk Valley of Helmand province. The soldier had been taking part in a task force level operation codenamed ‘Chakush’ or ‘Hammer’ on Thursday 26 July 07 against the Taliban in the area between Heyderabad and Mirmandab, north-east of Gereshk.

After consolidating its position after securing a bridge crossing of the Nahr-e-Seraj canal, the company he was with was pushing west to clear further Taliban positions.

At around 6am local time, the company came under fire from Taliban fighters, and the soldier was shot. An emergency response helicopter was requested but he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was flown to the ISAF medical facility at Camp Bastion.

The soldier's next of kin have been informed and have requested a 24 hour period of grace before further details are released

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