Tragically another of our troops have been killed in Afghanistan. One was an airman from 11 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, part of the Kandahar Airfield Force Protection Wing and the other was a soldier from A Company, 4th Battalion The Rifles (4 RIFLES), part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group.
The airman was part of a vehicle mounted patrol and died, on Wednesday, from wounds received as a result in an area north of Kandahar Airfield on Kandahar province.
The soldier was killed yesterday as a result of small arms fire near Sangin in Helmand province. He was on foot patrol, part of ongoing operations to protect the people of Sangin from insurgents, when his patrol was fired on.
May they both rest in peace.
These losses take the number of fallen in this Afghan war to 265. I will continue to call this a war because I believe it is - it is a political war and has nothing to do with the safety of our country. If any country's security was at risk why are politicians arranging for their own troops to be withdrawn?