Another member of our army was killed in Afghanstan yesterday. He was a Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin.
He was killed in an explosion while he was conducting a ground domination foot patrol through the souther Green Zone in order to reassure local nationals and understand their concerns about living in the area.
More life-long grief for another family and friends. A young life lost for no good reason.
In an attempt to stem the criticism of the lack of bomb disposal experts, combat engineers, (of the Royal Engineers), will now be tasked with blowing up many of the improvised devices rather than having to dismantle every one of them. This will mean that soldiers with less training will be able to neutralise the devices, lessening the pressure on the ATOs. Sources said it was a temporary measure.
The move is controversial. One former high threat operative with 11 EOD, Major Chris Hunter, said: "Only the most experienced operative will know whether a device can be exploded or has to be dealt with in place."
The British armed forces death toll for the Afghanistan war now stands at 288.