x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

309th British soldier dies in Afghanistan

Britain announces the death of another soldier in Afghanistan, the 309th Briton to die there since 2001 as the overall foreign troop death toll for June nears 100.

LONDON // Britain announced the death of another soldier in Afghanistan Monday, the 309th Briton to die there since 2001 as the overall foreign troop death toll for June alone nears 100. The soldier from 101 Engineer Regiment, who worked in the bomb disposal unit, died on Sunday in a fire fight with insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand, in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

"The soldier was part of an EOD (Engineer Regiment) team that was extracting from an incident when he was killed by small arms fire," said military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith. "He died seeking to rid Helmand of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) such that local Afghans could move freely throughout the province. He will be greatly missed and his actions will not be forgotten. We will remember him."

The death toll among foreign soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan is nearing the grim toll of 100 for June, following the deaths of four Norwegian soldiers when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle on Sunday. Britain has about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan as part of an international coalition, most of them battling insurgents in Helmand. * AFP