Urban myths upset staff

The head of a hospital which cares for military personnel injured in Iraq and Afghanistan accused the media of peddling "urban myths" about Muslims abusing wounded soldiers.

Wounded troops' delay

A senior Army surgeon warned that British troops injured in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan faced delays of up to seven hours before reaching a field hospital, it was reported yesterday.

Road blast kills four

A roadside blast hit a US-led coalition vehicle in southern Afghanistan, leaving three coalition members and their Afghan interpreter dead, just hours after a bomb killed 35 people on board a police academy bus in Kabul.

Afghan blast soldier named

A british soldier killed in Afghanistan on Saturday was named last night.

Americans killed

Five American soldiers were killed when their Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in southern Afghanistan yesterday.

Soldier killed in action

A soldier died in Helmand province in Afghanistan yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said.

`Legendary' soldier died saving others

A soldier killed in an explosion in Afghanistan has been hailed as a hero who saved the lives of his comrades in losing his own.

Tyneside soldier hurt by landmine

A Tyneside soldier was injured when his Land Rover was blown up in Afghanistan.

Taliban victim soldier's body flown home

The body of a Newcastle soldier shot dead in Afghanistan during a gunfight with Taliban fighters was brought home yesterday.

Soldier killed by Taliban

A soldier killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan was from the North-East, it was revealed last night.

British soldier killed

A british soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said.

Rage over deaths

Hundreds of angry protesters chanting "Death to Bush" and "Death to Karzai" demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan after US-led coalition and Afghan forces raided a suspected car bomb cell yesterday, leaving four militants and five civilians dead.

Afghanistan deaths

A suicide bomber blew himself up in an eastern Afghan city yesterday, killing six civilians and wounding 40 others.

British soldier killed

A British soldier has been killed during a routine patrol in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

Attacks kill soldiers

Attacks on two Nato convoys in eastern Afghanistan left two soldiers dead and another wounded yesterday.

Six soldiers killed

Six Nato soldiers were killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan yesterday.

Veterans facing 18-month wait

"It is scandalous" that troubled British veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are waiting up to 18 months for NHS mental health treatment, a charity said yesterday.

Soldiers die in Helmand

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Two British soldiers died in Afghanistan's Helmand province yesterday.

A warmer welcome

I reckon there are three topics that feature in most, if not every, newspaper these days - the fighting in Iraq/Afghanistan, the second is terrorism and the third is global warming.

Chemical warfare is to hit Afghanistan

It has been reported that General Dan McNeill, the new commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, has authorised the aerial spraying of poppy fields.

British soldiers killed

A British Army soldier killed when his vehicle was involved in an explosion in Afghanistan was named last night.

Way off target

Last week I wrote about Royal Marines, facing bullets in the notorious Helmand province of Afghanistan, who are not to be given the £3,000 they were promised for service in an overseas war zone due to an error by Royal Navy administrators.

Heads must roll, here

Royal Marines serving in Afghanistan are not to be given £3,000 they were promised for service in an overseas war zone due to an error by Royal Navy administrators.

Royal Marine killed

A Royal Marine died in Afghanistan after a suicide attack against a military convoy yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said.

Blair holds line, but which one?

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Tony Blair said yesterday he "agreed with every word" Army chief General Sir Richard Dannatt had said in a radio interview about the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bonuses for UK troops

Troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq will get annual bonuses of up to £2,240 because of the dangers they face, Tony Blair said yesterday.

Allegiance switch warning

British commander General David Richards, Nato's top commander in Afghanistan, said yesterday the country was at a crucial point - and warned Afghans would probably switch their allegiance to resurgent Taliban militants if there were no visible improvements in people's lives in the next six months.

Nato soldier killed

One Nato soldier was killed yesterday in an explosion in southern Afghanistan.

Death toll reaches 38

One British soldier has been killed and five others "very seriously injured" in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

Three more soldiers die

Three British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq yesterday, as the Army's most senior officer warned that troops are fighting at the limit of their capacity.

RAF Nimrod death crash `an accident'

Four Canadian soldiers were killed and seven injured in ground battles in southern Afghanistan over the weekend.

British soldier killed

A British soldier was killed yesterday in a clash with insurgents in northern Helmand province in Afghanistan.

Fears over soldiers facing Afghan probe

Royal Military Police are investigating six shooting incidents involving British soldiers in Afghanistan, it was disclosed yesterday.

Another British soldier is killed

A British soldier was killed during an incident in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

Family pay tribute to North soldier

The distraught family of a soldier who died in Afghanistan last night paid tribute to him as "the most likeable person you could ever meet".

Second North soldier killed

Tributes were paid last night to a "hugely popular" North-East soldier who died while repairing a damaged tank in Afghanistan - less than six weeks after another of the region's servicemen was killed in the same troubled valley.

Soldier died in `biggest attack'

The British soldier killed in Afghanistan on Sunday was taking part in the biggest attack operation yet mounted by UK forces against the Taliban, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

Conflict claims another soldier

Embattled British forces in Afghanistan yesterday suffered their 10th fatality in two months as it was claimed they were "on the brink of exhaustion".

Troops' bomb escape

Canadian troops from a Nato-led security force narrowly escaped a suicide bombing in southern Afghanistan near where four fellow soldiers died the previous day.

Three soldiers die in war's bloodiest day

The three UK troops killed in Afghanistan included two from the Household Cavalry Regiment and one from 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, the Ministry of Defence said last night.


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