Another day, another death of one of our armed forces.
Yesterday a Royal Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in Afghanistan while on foot patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province. He was part of a joint foot patrol, along with his fellow Marines and Afghan National Army partners, when he was struck by an explosion.
To date 314 of our military have been killed in this hellish war. When will our politicians realise how futile it all is? It's well recorded that the Taliban are growing stronger week by week and that as soon as forces leave an area they will take back control immediately.
I don't see any change to the present policy - it's certainly not a strategy - with Liam Fox as Defence Secretary. He's shown himself, in the short time he's held the position, to be just as in thrall to US chat-up lines as his predecessors.
In the meantime 40 Commando lose another of their team and another family suffers the grief of needlessly losing their loved one.