UK forces in Afghanistan in worst ever winter campaign

UK forces in Afghanistan in worst ever winter campaign
By Terri Judd
Sunday, 11 January 2009

British troops are fighting their deadliest winter campaign to date in Afghanistan as the Prime Minister continues to resist calls to send reinforcements. Traditionally the onslaught from the Taliban has quietened over the icy winter. Less than three months ago Foreign Secretary David Miliband spoke of the “winter lull” offering a chance to plan the next phase of a campaign aimed at supporting Afghan governance. But the hiatus has failed to materialise this year and the fighting has been relentless.

The most recent soldier to die was killed in an explosion while on patrol in Helmand province yesterday. A Royal Marine operating with the 45 Commando unit, was killed in the Kajaki area. An MoD statement said the soldier, who has not been named, “was taking part in a routine reassurance patrol when the explosion occured. He received immediate medical attention but sadly died of his wounds.” The Marine has not been named but his family has been informed.

The death follows that of Serjeant Christopher Reed, of the 6th Battalion, The Rifles, a 25-year-old “talented, committed” non-commissioned officer killed in Garmsir on New Year’s Day, the 138th British serviceman to die in the country since 2001.
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It's gonna be a worse summer, at least the yanks are on the way to help us out

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