Another two British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan while trying to rescue a colleague.
The soldiers, from the Royal Dragoon Guards and the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, were killed by a small arms fire in Lashkar Gah District in Helmand. The deaths take the total of service personnel killed in this war to 324.
It should concern us all that these soldiers were killed in Lashkar Gah as it is the centre of our armed forces presence in Helmand and a place which has regularly been reported as 'secure'. The area is considered so safe that it is used as a visiting base for VIPs.
After this incident I doubt if it will see the likes of David Cameron or Liam Fox for some time. Much to the military's relief I'm sure. David Cameron, in his desperation to be admired by Americans, said yesterday that we may start withdrawing our troops as early as next year. Another change of policy which may well come to nothing and could give false hope to our armed forces and their families. However, here in the UK the deputy PM issued a more telling comment: "We do not wish to see British troops in a combat role in Afghanistan by 2015." By the sound of it there will be no total withdrawal and our soldiers may have the means to protect themselves removed if their status is reduced to non-combative. The Taliban must be absolutely delighted.