Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Yesterday the bodies of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week were returned to their families here. The circumstances of their death is still being investigated, although the initial review ruled out friendly fire.
In Afghanistan, earlier in the day, two British soldiers were killed by an Afghan wearing the uniform of the Afghan police. The soldiers were both from the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles.
The MoD said the attack occurred at a checkpoint in Helmand Province's Nahr-e Saraj district.
At least 53 international troops have been killed in assualts by Afghan soldiers or police this year. The string of insider attacks has also claimed the lives of more than 50 Afghan members of the government's security forces.
This year at least 11 of our 43 fatality injured soldiers have been killed by Afghans they served alongside.
There is talk that the UK will leave a substantial force behind in next year as our politicians think we should continue to contribute to the training of the Afghan military and police. The proposal is appalling. No member of our military should be left behind. Let the Afghan government pay for their troop and police training. There has been more than enough British taxpayers' money paid into its coffers during this war.
The number of our fatalities has now risen to 437 since 2001.