A soldier, who was part of 11 EOD Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, part of the Counter-IED Task Force, was killed on Monday morning. He was serving with a bomb disposal team in the Musa Qala area in northern Helmand Province.
This latest British soldier's death bring the number of UK service personnel killed since the start of operations in 2001 to 247.
Of no comfort to his friends and family will be the accusation last week by Geoff Hoon that when he was Defence Secretary, Gordon Brown vetoed the purchase of vital military helicopters.
The leaked letters show Brown personally overturned earlier Treasury assurances that the MoD would be free to spend extra cash on troop-carrying helicopters for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now our troops are also facing undetectable bombs made out of wood. If the helicopters had been ordered when Geoff Hoon was in charge, it wouldn't be necessary for so many troops to be travelling on the ground.
Still, the Prime Minster will stand up in the Commons tomorrow and pay his respects to the latest man to give his life for his country. What a hypocrite Gordon Brown has proved to be.