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According to MoD figures in The Times October 13th, the 550 strong 2 Rifles was deployed in Sangin from April - October. It suffered 13 dead, 11 permanent serious injuries, 51 less seriously wounded.
Its commander Lt Col Robert Thomson says it dealt with more than 400 IED incidents, finding more than 200 devices. Last year there were 158 incidents.
His article reflects the positive achievements over the last 6 months in civic life and local security.
The end of Operation Panther's Claw has liberated more helicopters for operations which jump over the belt of IEDs said to be ringing the British Army's main operating bases.
For the story of how the Pakistani Army freed 39 hostages at its HQ see here