Over the last ten days, nine british soldiers (one possibly the first woman) have been killed in Afganistan in three separate incidents. According to the media another two have been critically injured in those same incidents. There has also been the jailbreak in Kandahar and the CO or 5Scots has been injured badly enough to warrent evacuation back to blighty. These are just the incidents that have made the mainstream news. My question is this: Why does there appear to have been a increase in insurgent attacks on British forces? Or if the number of attacks has remained similar (I have no data either way) why do they appear to be suddenly far more effective? Some basic number crunching here... 9 / 106 x 100 = 8.4% of British fatalities in the last ten days So what has changed? Why are more soldiers being killed now than anytime in the last seven years? Naturally I don't want ops details. OPSEC and all that. So, please discuss and enlighten me.