Soldier shot dead in Afghanistan
Sunday 16 October 2011
A British soldier was shot dead by insurgents in Afghanistan yesterday as he defended a checkpoint.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the soldier, from The Royal Gurkha Rifles, had been killed in the Nahr-e-Saraj region of Helmand province. He is yet to be named, but his relatives have been informed. It is the 383rd fatality among British forces in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001.
Meanwhile, it was claimed yesterday that the United States is set to abandon plans to keep troops on the ground in Iraq beyond the end of the year.
The Associated Press reported that American forces, after eight years in Iraq, would completely withdraw by January. A government source told the news agency that plans for US troops to continue training Iraqi security forces would not be pursued.
- 1 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 2 What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
- 3 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
Greece debt crisis explainer: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Isis schoolgirl Amira Abase who fled London to join terrorists in Syria mocks victims of Tunisia massacre
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
£25000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's premier supplie...
£7 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This care provider is looking for Home ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...
£27000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A growing, successful, friendly...