Another day, another British death in Afghanistan. A soldier from 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e-Saraj (North) was killed yesterday morning.
According to the Ministry of Defence website: 'He was involved in an operation that was seeking to improve freedom of movement for ordinary Afghans when tragically he was killed in an explosion'.
What is an 'ordinary' Afghani? A member of the Taliban? A worker in the corrupt Afghan government?
It was also reported yesterday that a US helicopter was shot down and 4 US soldiers lost their lives.
Near Islamabad a large NATO truck convoy, carrying supplies to alliance troops in Afghanistan, was attacked and at least seven people were killed in the overnight assault. These attacks are becoming more frequent.
We are losing this war. To date we have lost 294 of our armed forces in an attempt to 'improve freedom of movement for ordinary Afghans'. The Afghanis won't have freedom of movement for many years to come. Their movement will be controlled because of the thousands of Taliban-planted IEDs. Our armed forces are never going to find most of them far less defuse them and tragically, we have so few fully experienced bomb disposal experts left to do the work.