Wiki Actu en

January 25, 2010

Explosion in Afghanistan kills British soldier

Explosion in Afghanistan kills British soldier

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Monday, January 25, 2010

Afghanistan
Related articles
Location of Afghanistan
Afghanistan (orthographic projection).svg
Collaborate!
  • Pillars of Wikinews writing
  • Writing an article

A soldier from Hereford, Britain died yesterday in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The incident occurred when the soldier (who belongs to Third Battalion The Rifles) was on foot patrol, and takes the death toll in the conflict to 251, which is four short of the number who died during the Falklands war in 1982.

The soldier, whose name has not yet been released by the UK Ministry of Defence, died due to the wounds incurred when the bomb exploded in the southern part of Sangin, Helmand. Lieutenant Colonel David Wakefield, spokesperson for Task Force Helmand, stated: “He was part of the operations that have been bringing security to the local population. It happened in the ‘green zone’ south of Sangin district centre.”

He further added that “he [the soldier] was on a foot patrol as part of the operations that have been bringing security to the local population in that area.” The soldier’s family has been informed about the former’s death.

Earlier, Peter Aldridge, aged 19, belonging to A Company 4 Rifles, died after a blast in the same place. The teenager’s final words were to express his love for his mother. His family said that their son died a hero and had lost his life “doing what he believed in.” According to them, Peter had earlier stated: “If I’m going to die I want to die a soldier.”



Related news

  • “UK military deaths in Afghanistan reach 250” — Wikinews, January 23, 2010

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

August 14, 2009

Wikinews Shorts: August 14, 2009

Wikinews Shorts: August 14, 2009 – Wikinews, the free news source

Wikinews Shorts: August 14, 2009

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, August 14, 2009.

Bali bomber still at large

A body recovered by Indonesian police on August 8th is not that of Noordin Mohammed Top. The Indonesian authorities had been optimistic that Top, the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings, had been killed on Saturday in a gun battle that concluded a 17 hour siege in the Temanggung district of Central Java.

DNA tests suggests that the body is that of a man identified only as Ibrahim, a florist who was the inside man in the attacks on luxury hotels in Jakarta this July.

Sources

Obama health reforms faces grassroots opposition

Attempts by President Barack Obama to reform the health care in the United States has been met with grassroots opposition. Critics fear that Obama’s reforms are an attempt to socialise health care. However, the President has dismissed such apprehension as an attempt to “scare and mislead” by vested interests hoping to derail the reforms.

Opposition adverts which feature the alleged failures and rationing of healthcare in the British National Health Service (NHS), have been rebutted by citizens, politicians and the media. Spurred on by American commentators that described that the NHS as “evil’ and Orwellian, with over a million responses to an on-line Twitter campaign, called welovetheNHS started in support of the NHS.

Sources

British deaths in Afghanistan reaches 199

Three British soldiers of have been killed by an explosion whilst on foot patrol near the town of Sangin in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The death of the soldiers — two from the 2nd Battalion The Rifles and one from 40 Regiment Royal Artillery — brings the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 199.

“[These deaths] brings us very close to the sad milestone of 200 fatalities in this conflict. We cannot help but reflect on the toll the mission has taken…” said Bob Ainsworth, the British Secretary of State for Defence.

Sources



Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

July 20, 2009

Helicopter crash kills sixteen at NATO base in Afghanistan

Helicopter crash kills sixteen at NATO base in Afghanistan

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Monday, July 20, 2009

Spoken content icon This article features in a News Brief from Audio Wikinews:

A military aircraft similar to the civilian one that crashed today

A civilian helicopter chartered by NATO has crashed while taking off from Kandahar International Airport in Afghanistan, killing sixteen. The Mil Mi-8 did not come under enemy fire.

The helicopter had been chartered from the Russian company Vertical-T and all the victims were civilians. A NATO statement said that there was no obvious cause for the accident but hostile fire had been ruled out. Emergency responders are on the scene.

Five other people were wounded in the accident. The airport serves as NATO’s operating base for southern Afghanistan.

The crash comes just days after another civilian helicopter chartered for military activities crashed near Sangin Airbase in Helmand. The Mil Mi-26 is believed to have been shot down; six Ukrainian civilians onboard and one Afghan girl on the ground were killed in the crash on Tuesday. The helicopter had been taking supplies to a British military base.

Roads in Afghanistan are often difficult to traverse, so militaries often contract aircraft, especially from Russia, to transport troops and cargo between bases.


Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

August 13, 2006

Dead British soldier named

Dead British soldier named – Wikinews, the free news source

Dead British soldier named

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Ministry of Defence has named the British soldier who died in Afghanistan yesterday.

Twenty-six year-old Lance Corporal Sean Tansey, from the Household Cavalry Regiment, was killed whilst mending a damaged Scimitar tank near Sangin in Helmand province. An inquiry into his death will now be conducted.

“Always smart, always hard working, he was a very experienced reconnaissance soldier, who was not only respected professionally but was also a charming individual, hugely popular among his peers,” said Lt Col Edward Smyth-Osbourne, Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry regiment. “With his death the Household Cavalry has suffered the loss of another exceptionally talented member of the regiment.”

He is the nineteenth British soldier to die in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001.

Related

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

July 5, 2006

British soldier killed in Afghanistan

British soldier killed in Afghanistan – Wikinews, the free news source

British soldier killed in Afghanistan

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Helmand is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the south-west of the country. Its capital is Lashkargah. The Helmand River flows through the mainly desert region, proving irrigation. The population is 1,011,600 and the surface area is 23,058 square miles. The population is largely Pashtun. Helmand produces 20% of the world’s opium.

The Ministry of Defence has named a British soldier from the 3 Para Battle Group who died while on patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.

The soldier, 19 year-old Private Damien Raymond Jackson, of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, came under fire from Taliban forces in the town of Sangin. He died while being given treatment.

His father, Daniel Jackson said: “I wish everyone to know just how extremely proud I am of my son Damien – of all that he has achieved in his lifetime and of the fact that he died, when duty called, protecting others, in the service of his country.

“A fine, upstanding South Shields lad, Damien was immensely proud to have achieved his ultimate ambition in becoming a member of the finest regiment in the British Army.”

He also condemned the government’s policy in Afghanistan, saying that UK forces are in “dreadful danger”. “We fully support the British Army in Afghanistan whilst in no way supporting or condoning a government policy, which has placed our young men and women in such dreadful danger.”

Private Jackson’s death means six British soldiers have died in the unstable Helmand region in the last four weeks. Since 2001 when operations began in Afghanistan, thirteen British soldiers have lost their lives.

On Saturday, two British soldiers were killed after a rocket-propelled grenade struck the headquarters they were in.

Prime Minister Tony Blair said he would give more resources to British troops to assist them in their fight against the Taliban, but he said the British Army has not yet made such a request.

“If they need more, we will make sure that they get more,” he told the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

Along with the Conservative Party leader David Cameron, Mr Blair also commended the efforts of British soldiers by praising their “extraordinary and heroic job”.

“They are fighting a battle that I think is important not just for the security of Afghanistan. It is important for the security of the wider world,” the Prime Minister said.

Approximately 4,000 British soldiers are stationed in Afghanistan, and almost 3,000 of them work in Helmand Province.

In general, they are in Afghanistan to help train the country’s troops, provide security, and assist with reconstruction. As 20% of the world’s opium is produced in Helmand Province, the main task for troops there is to control drugs lords.

Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Powered by WordPress