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Helmand province

The latest Afghan news round-up compiled by Elayne Jude for Great North News Service includes Pashtunwali's rules, Afghanistan's Sikhs, the Taliban's drug wars and the memoirs of a carpet weaver

Air Support: Essential Lifeline

Gary Anderson is a retired Marine Corps officer and a civilian adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He argues from firsthand experience that without 'some combination of easy-to-maintain transport helicopters and relatively inexpensive fixed-wing or helicopter armed-escort aircraft...the U.S. will have wasted 12 years of blood and treasure'. Put simply, abandoning Afghan ground forces without proper air support would be both militarily unsound and morally unconscionable' (WSJ, 2 June 2013)

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A British soldier, from 36 Engineer Regiment, serving with the Counter-IED Task Force, was killed on Monday 26th July in an explosion in the Sangin area of Helmand Provine. The fatality is currently being investigated as a suspected friendly fire incident.

Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, serving as part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah, and Corporal Matthew James Stenton from The Royal Dragoon Guards Viking Group, D (The Green Horse) Squadron, were killed on 21 July 2010 as they sought to evacuate a casualty. Their eulogies are published in the Obituaries section.

 
 

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