[216], On 18 June, Trooper Ashley David Smith, aged 21, from D Squadron, Viking Group, Royal Dragoon Guards, died in an explosion while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province. [245], On 13 August, Sapper Ishwor Gurung, aged 21, from 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, 21 Engineer Regiment Group, died after being shot in Nad Ali, Helmand Province. The British troops were in armoured [LTV] vehicles when a taxi swerved into their convoy and a bomber detonated 200Ibs of explosives. It is thought that the boy did not know about the explosives in the wheelbarrow and was an unsuspecting victim of the blast. Corporal John Harrison from The Parachute Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 9 September 2009. [309][310][311][312][313] Members of the public and families of killed and injured servicemen have campaigned about perceived problems with these vehicles including an online petition to the office of the Prime Minister. [226], On 5 July, Trooper James Leverett, aged 20, from D Squadron, Viking Group, Royal Dragoon Guards, died in an explosion while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. During 2002, Private Darren John George, aged 23, from the Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed by a ricocheting bullet fired by a comrade who had a dizzy spell. The UK MOD has officially said that both soldiers were serving with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (although other reports suggest Corporal Bolger is actually part of the Special Forces Support Group). Captain Dolan, and the forces that he was attached to, were observing a substantial force of Taliban fighters from the edge of a vantage point, when they came under fire from Taliban mortars. In 2006, British forces moved into Helmand province in the south, one of Afghanistan's most volatile regions. Pvt Hunt was driving a FV510 Warrior when it was hit by an IED. After his fire-team took out most of the insurgents, Ashworth pursued the final remaining member. Wounded militaries requiring artificial limbs or rehabilitation for other injuries were then sent to the special defence medical facility at Headley Court, near Dorking, Surrey. The two soldiers were on foot patrol when Private Young was injured by the blast from an IED. Camp Bastion was built in the desert, … It was clear he would not recover from his injuries and he was evacuated to Selly Oak where he died with his close family around him. [230], On 13 July, Lt Neal Turkington, aged 26, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, shot and killed by an Afghan soldier while on patrol near Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. As the UK Government is reportedly considering nearly doubling the number of British troops in Afghanistan, we have taken a look at who is stationed there at the moment. The MoD subsequently confirmed that the men died as a result of a 'Blue on Blue (Friendly fire)' incident, thought to involve a Javelin missile. [15], James Thompson a soldier in the SAS (Reserve) died in an explosion in Afghanistan, Monday 19 May 2008. L/Cpl Elson was killed instantly by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Babaji as part of Operation Panchai Palang. The forces had a mandate that extended only to helping the Afghans maintain security in Kabul and surrounding areas. L/Cpl Dennis had just been involved in the evacuation of soldiers who were wounded in the RPG attack that had killed Pvt Laws and was returning to his vehicle when he stepped on an IED causing it to detonate. They blast also wounded four members of his patrol team. He was wounded during a Taliban attack on his base at Musa Quala, in Helmand province. [77], Sergeant Jonathan William Mathews, aged 35, from 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, was killed in Helmand province 28 July 2008. The Royal Marine Commandos were attacking a major Taliban fort, and during the initial breach of the compound Lance Corporal Ford was shot and killed instantly. [100], Serjeant Chris Reed, aged 25, of 6th (TA) Battalion The Rifles died in an explosion on New Year's Day in the Garmsir district of Helmand province. The gunman attacked the soft-skinned 4x4 vehicle that the soldiers were travelling in, the vehicle was situated just a few hundred yards from the famous blue mosque. The war in Afghanistan sucked in enormous resources. At the peak of the campaign in Helmand alone, there were 137 UK bases and about 9,500 UK troops were stationed there. 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