Just minutes after I published the last post I hear the news that five British soldiers have been shot dead in Helmand Province in an attack the UK military blamed on a "rogue" Afghan policeman.
The soldiers, three from the Grenadier Guards and two from the Royal Military Police had been mentoring and living with the Afghan police in a checkpoint compound.
The officer, who may have been helped by another, opened fire, injuring several other troops before fleeing.
Gordon Brown issued his usual platitudes but his time would be better spent having a war cabinet and planning a speedy withdrawal. In a country which has existed for centuries on corruption, situations like this are bound to arise.
The death toll has now risen to 229. People were shocked when it reached 200. Are the public becoming shockproof?
Five families today won't be shockproof. They will be in deep despair at the loss of their loved ones.
Update: According to Gordon Brown at PMQs, five other soldiers were seriously injured in this incident. More deep distress for another five families while the PM continues to spew his spin about how 'helping train the Afghan army and police' is protecting our islands.