Tragic toll of Britains Afghan war

Tragic toll of Britain's Afghan war
Seven fatalities in seven days brings total number of troops killed to 199

By Kim Sengupta at Nad-e-Ali, Helmand province
It took almost six years to reach the grim milestone of the death of the 100th British soldier in Afghanistan. The next 99 fatalities came in just 14 months, a testimony to the relentlessly rising ferocity of this war.

Seven deaths have come in the past seven days, as troops strive to provide a secure environment ahead of national elections next week that the Taliban have vowed to disrupt. British forces launched Operation Panther's Claw, in conjunction with American forces, to neutralise this threat. The insurgents stood and fought at some points, retreated at others. What they did leave behind was murderous roadside bombs that have continued to exact a lethal toll.

The 1st Battalion Welsh Guards have been in the thick of the fighting, losing seven men including their commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Thorneloe, the most senior officer to be killed in action since the Falklands. On Thursday, three soldiers, two from the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles and a third from 40 Regiment Royal Artillery fell victime to the devices. "We have to accept it will be 200," said Lieutenant-Colonel Charlie Antelme, who has replaced Colonel Thorneloe. "What does that mean? Well, I suppose it's a measure of the sacrifice being made to ensure that one day Afghanistan will be at peace.
One thing to remember is that these chip paper generating turds don't care or even empathise. They want copy and in the Graun or Indy's case anti-NATO copy.

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