Three British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours in separate incidents.
A Royal Marine from 40 Commando, was killed by an IED explosion while on foot patrol in Sanguin district on Friday and an airman from the Royal Air Force Regiment was killed in a vehicle crash while on patrol.
The third fatality was a soldier from the Royal Dragoon Guards who died after being hit by an IED in a blast in Nahr-e-Saraj district.
Richard North has his opinion of the mounting deaths in this unwinable war but I do not share his sentiments about Wootton Bassett being a 'street exhibition' - quite the contrary. Wootton Bassett has had hearses pass down its High Street for some considerable time and the people have paid their respects with quiet dignity with and without the media circus which now surrounds it. They continue to do so. The famous English 'stiff upper lip' in many cases can be an excuse for ignoring a situation and thankfully the good folk of Wootton Bassett are prepared to acknowledge the sacrifice these military have made. To say the army and its top brass are not concerned about the losses is uninformed nonsense and I admit I am rather disappointed with his attitude to military personnel in general.
We have now lost 321 of our armed services in this war. The fact that there is no strategy is playing its part and I agree with one of Richard's points, although I would call our soldiers the US's cannon fodder. Until we have politicians who are prepared to stand up and support Britain's interests first an foremost, sadly our armed services will be sacrificed for the whims of the US president.
Update 18 July 00.23: It has just been reported a soldier from the Royal Logistic Corps, who was part of a team clearing roadside bombs, died in an explosion in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Saturday afternoon. This fatality brings the number of British soldiers killed in the Afghanistan war to 322 since 2001.