Liam Fox is reported to have dubbed the incident, in which three British troops where killed in Afghanistan, as 'despicable and cowardly'. That's all he had to offer when one Gurkha and two other solders with the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, were killed today in a suspected premeditated attack by a member of the Afghan National Army. Several other soldiers were wounded but there is no information about the severity of their injuries as yet.
The MoD report that it is believed these were the actions of a lone individual who has betrayed his International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan comrades. The Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman said that the attacker used the darkness of night to escape.
Information relays our soldiers were killed when in their base and resting after having completed a routine duty.
I'm not in the least surprised by this because in any war the opposition will attempt to infiltrate the enemy. Certain reports on television news say the military will not be demoralised by this, but the Gurkhas will be greatly affected losing some of their 'own'. The British Embassy issued a statement saying the Gurkha soldier was a Nepali national and his family had yet to be informed.
It appears David Cameron now has Liam Fox in his sights. About time too. He made a grave error promoting the man to the post of Defence Secretary. He's beginning to make Bob Ainsworth look as if he had a slight grasp of the situation after all. It will be some time before David Cameron can commit to a reshuffle, but the first person who requires to be moved is Dr Fox. There are plenty in the Tory party with skills far superior to the inflated Dr Fox.
These latest tragedies take the death toll of British soldiers in the Afghanistan war to a total of 317.