Surge in casualties undermining Afghan war effort, Army says

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  1. Surge in casualties undermining Afghan war effort, Army report says
    A surge in the number of wounded troops is seriously damaging Britain's ability to fight in Afghanistan, a report for the head of the Army has concluded.

    By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
    Published: 8:30PM BST 15 Aug 2009

    Soldiers rush an injured person to the British Army Field Hospital at Camp Bastion in a location in the desert in the Helmand Province Photo: GETTY
    A top level report ordered by General Sir Richard Dannatt, the chief of the general staff, warns that pressure on the Army is being "compounded" by the growing number of troops wounded in Afghanistan.
    In an astonishing admission the report also reveals that the Army does not have accurate figures for the number of seriously injured soldiers within its ranks and admits that many are not receiving the appropriate medical support.

    Details of the document can be disclosed as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) named three soldiers killed in a multiple improvised explosive attack close to Sangin on Thursday.
    Captain Mark Hale, 42, Rifleman Daniel Wild, 19, both of the 2nd battalion the Rifles and Lance Bombardier Matthew Hatton, 23, of 40th Regiment Royal Artillery, were killed in two separate explosions.
    Their deaths brought to 199 the number of British troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001.
    The document, entitled the Chief of the General Staff's Briefing Team Report, also warns that "soldiers' morale and operational effectiveness" is being undermined by a shortage of vital equipment and that troops of all ranks are suffering from "widespread professional dissatisfaction"
  2. Damn straight that the TA pay problems are coming to the public forum. I also had no idea at the poor recording of injured soldiers.

    I believe that we will be seeing signifcantly more of these reports over the next month or two.
  3. Or not more likely, chances are this was leaked on behalf of Dannett to support his views on poor treatment of British Forces by the Govt and now he has gone I would imagine very little will be heard until Gen. Richards time is nearly up....
  4. Colonel Richard Kemp on Sky New this morning stating that what is needed in Afghan is troops, troops and more troops, oh and more ISTAR and better J2.

    Perhaps we could encourage some members of Her Majesty's Treasury to spend some time at the front line in order to give them a better developed picture of life in Afghan while we're at it?
  5. The myth of full manning is biting already....

    If a unit takes casualties, then where are the BCR's ?

    Are units in Agfganistan at War Fighting Establisment? I stronlgy suspect not as I don't recall large calls ups and the numbers we coughed up this May was cut from 75 to 50 as "We were are not needed"

    Which is complete and utter bollocks.