Another soldier from 3 RIFLES has been killed in Afghanistan this morning.
Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield said:
"It is with deep sadness I have to inform you that a British soldier from 3 RIFLES lost his life this morning as a result of small arms fire.
"He was on a deliberate operation against insurgents to the south of Sangin District Centre, near Patrol Base, Suffolk, when he was shot.
"He died boldly taking the fight to the enemy and will not be forgotten."
My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Britain has now lost 270 of its armed services in the Afghanistan war.