Much has been said,(Soldier Mag by the OC and the BBC) that the situtation is improving in southern Iraq.
I am skeptical of this, ... clearly today's shocking news proves that things are far from improving.
As General Melchett says London's events still overide the sacrifice being made by British Service personnel, lets remind our friends and families that our guys and girls are putting their lives on the line every day... they/we should not forget this!
Quietly and as ever professionally, they go about there duties.
Lest we forget, the living and those that have given their lives.
An officer at my Regt was told to stand by to inform the NOK this morning. That must be one of the worst things you could be asked to do - I honestly don't know if I could do it. I remember being told a couple of years ago that my old fella had died and that's not nice, but I can't even begin to imagine the grief of losing a son/daughter or spouse - or having to break the news, especially when you consider how unpopular the war is in many people's eyes.
Improvement is a relative term I'm afraid. I get the impression that the locals tend to leave us alone as we let them get on with their lives so it's only the jihadis who shoot at us. Of course this lets some locals impose a religious lifestyle by force on the rest but it's their country.