Saturday, 11 August 2012

May They Rest In Peace

British troops patrol though Nad-e Ali

Yesterday, shortly after the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reported that three US soldiers had been killed in an incident in south-west Afghanistan by 'an individual wearing Afghan uniform', a British soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died as a result of injuries sustained whilst on patrol in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province.

Later in the day the MoD announced the death of another soldier.  He belonged to the 30 Armoured Engineer Squadron, 26 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers and was killed as a result of injuries received by enemy action while undertaking a construction task in Nad-e Ali.

Yesterday's deaths bring the total number of members of UK's armed forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 424.

May they rest in peace.


Hamish said...

Bring our troops home before there is more of this senseless slaughter on both sides.
Scotland was never an imperialist nation, and should not support England's grandiose ambitions.

subrosa said...

I concur Hamish.

Michele said...

Oh do get a grip! The British troops were committed to this war by a British Government headed by two Scotsmen - Blair and Brown, and don't forget there's a lot of the Scotsman about Cameron too. So to claim this is an example of *England's* grandiose ambitions is just plain ignorant. And equally stupid is your remark that Scotland was never an Imperialistic nation. In reality the Scots embraced the Empire with avidity.

Subrosa; that you concur disappoints me, I enjoyed this site for the genuine issues raised and the relatively intelligent comments. It is sad to see the same petty, spiteful sniping that is usually found in the comments section of the Scotsman.

subrosa said...

Oops, I should have been more specific about my agreement Michele. It was his first sentence I agree with not the second.

Are you suggesting Scots are greater warmongers than the English?

I really feel classing Blair as a Scot is a misnomer in many ways, although legally it's correct. Blair has never acknowledged his upbringing much and he was the first who tried to invigorate the term British because it suited him - much in the same way that he ignored the millions of marchers against the Iraq war.

John Brownlie said...


I also agree with that first sentence and the sad thing is that all the sacrifices by soldiers and their families will be in vain when we withdraw, leaving the country, like Iraq, ten times more dangerous than before.

subrosa said...

Indeed John and sadly there is daily evidence to support what you say.

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