Sunday, 17 July 2011
Buried By The News International Affair
Yet another British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan while our politicians continue to parade their faux anger at News International in the hope that the public will ignore our armed forces are fighting two wars.
The soldier was from 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Princes of Wales's) and was also part of the Brigade Advisory Group, conducting a routine framework patrol with members of the Afghan National Army. He was in a fire support position, tracking the progress of a foot patrol from his Jackal vehicle. The foot patrol was returning to the vehicle when both teams came under small arms fire.
An investigation has been called as witnesses reported the shot which killed him may have been fired from a member of the Afghan National Army.
To date 375 soldiers have been killed in this war and many will be made redundant once they return from their deployment if Liam Fox's proposal goes ahead. The Defence Secretary wants to reduce the regular army from around 100,000 to 84,000 and rely upon the territorial army to take up the slack, but he may be disappointed by the TA numbers who apply. The TA has been a strong backup to our regular service personnel for years, but Britain's involvement in recent wars may make some decide they've no wish to put their lives in danger when the wars are not related to the security and safety of the people of the UK.
My condolences to the family of this latest fatality. I can't even imagine the depth of their grief.