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Obituaries from the Times of London and elsewhere

Ronald Foster DFC, Croix de Guerre 5 December 1921 - 1 January 2011
New Zealander who flew 69 photo reconnaisance sorties over Europe

Lt Cdr William Filer MBE, GM 6 August 1917 - 31 January 2011
Naval bomb and mine disposal expert who helped develop Royal Navy post war diving expertise


Eric Holloway 22 October 1921 - 20 January 2011
From RAF wartime navigator to co-founder of Virbin Atlantic Airways

David Sims OBE, MC 2 August - 29 December 2010
A member of the 8th Army at El Alamein and in Italy

Sqn Ldr Peter Rothwell 20 October 1920 - 20 December 2010
Bomber pilot who helped defend Malta

Warrent Office (later civilian Captain) Wilfred Harrison MiD 20 June 1917 - 30 October 2010

Wellington bomber pilot who escaped from Stalag Luft II forced marchI

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    An explosion rocked the provincial capital of Nangarhar Jalalabad city at around noon time today leaving a number of people dead or wounded. Provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed that the incident has taken place in the vicinity of the 2nd police district of the city.
  • KP- Mass grave of hostages kidnapped by ISIS discovered in East of Afghanistan
    The mass grave of at least nine people who were executed by the ISIS militants more than a year ago has been discovered in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Provincial governor’s spokesman Atauallah Khogyani said the mass grave was discovered from the vicinity of the Achin district.
  • KP- MoD rejects 40 Afghan Special Forces are under siege in Faryab province
    The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) has rejected reports suggesting that at least 40 personnel of the Afghan Special Operations Forces are under the siege of the militants in northern Faryab province. MoD spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri said the Afghan forces are still based in Pashtun Kot district from where the siege reports emerged.
  • KP- ISIS behead Taliban fighter and alleged spy in East of Afghanistan
    Militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have beheaded two men on charges of having links with the Taliban group and spying for the government in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The loyalists of the terror group have published the photographs of the two men on social media.
  • KP- Afghan forces rescue 30 people from the militants cell in Laghman
    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have rescued at least 30 people from a detention cell belonging to the anti-government armed militant groups in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan. According to the local officials, the Afghan forces discovered the detention cell in the vicinity of Alingar district on Sunday.
  • KP- 9 Afghan policemen, 13 militants killed in Farah clash
    At least eight policemen and thirteen anti-government armed militants were killed during the overnight clash in western Farah province of Afghanistan. The incident took place late on Monday night in the vicinity of Bala Bolok district after a large number of militants launched coordinated attacks on security posts.
  • ToloNews- Bodies Of 12 Hostages Found In Nangarhar
    Tribal elders in Nangarhar province said on Monday the bodies of at least 12 local residents were found in Kot district on Sunday – all of whom are believed to have been killed by Daesh. According to the tribal elders the victims had been abducted by Daesh militants more than a year ago from Kot district in Nangarhar province. The tribal elders said the funeral ceremonies for the deceased will be held on Monday. However, local officials have not commented.
  • KP- US drone strike kills 7 ISIS militants in Kunar province
    At least seven militants affiliated with the Islamic State terror group were killed in US drone strike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. According to the local security officials, the latest drone strike was carried out in the vicinity of Chapara Dara district. Acting provincial security chief Zaman Ayar confirmed the airstrike and said at least seven militants affiliated with the terror group were killed.
  • KP- Afghan forces rescue 30 people from the militants cell in Laghman
    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have rescued at least 30 people from a detention cell belonging to the anti-government armed militant groups in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan. According to the local officials, the Afghan forces discovered the detention cell in the vicinity of Alingar district on Sunday.
  • WaPo- Deadly bomb attacks in Afghanistan leave street cleaners with a gruesome task
    When Yar Mohammad Mohammadi joined the municipal street cleaning crew here over a decade ago, he was expecting some unpleasant tasks. But nothing prepared him for the grim debris he encountered after a bloody bombing in central Kabul last month. “We found hands, feet — even a head,” recalled Mohammadi, 40. “I couldn’t eat for the next two days. I was horrified.”

British military casualties - Editorial policy

In the service of our country.

Eulogies for all personnel killed on UK operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are posted as soon as they have been released by the UK Ministry of Defence. Each eulogy we publish for men down in operations brings a lump to the throat. We are losing the best of the best. Politicians must ensure that, when the newspaper cuttings have faded, their sacrifice has had some meaning, has helped bring about a good result. Anything else would be a waste for which they will be eternally condemned.

There is invariably at least a 24 hour gap between the official release of news of an event and the naming of the dead. This is to allow families to be informed and proper eulogoies to be produced. Occasionally families request no euologies or comment. We abide by guidance we receive on such sensitive matters. We regret that information on those who sacrifice almost as much through grave injury is seldom released by the MoD for operational reasons, and so we are unable to pay tribute.

 

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