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Royal Anglian soldiers star in Christmas video from Afghanistan

Soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment serving in Afghanistan have filmed a cheeky festive video from their base singing along to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas"

The troops are from 1 Platoon of the 2nd Royal Anglians and are featured performing in various festive costumes.

The soldiers said: "We would like to thank all of you for your kind wishes and support this Christmas."

The video has now been withdrawn.

Soldier awarded Military Cross

A soldier from the Royal Anglian Regiment has received the Military Cross for "great courage in the face of the enemy" at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.

Lance Corporal Lawrence Kayser was awarded the honour for saving colleagues from a "potentially disastrous situation" in Helmand Province in June 2012.

The 27-year-old was part of a platoon of soldiers taken by air deep into enemy territory as part of Operation Maahi Buzurg - an attempt to clear a notorious insurgent-held area.

On June 21, L/Cpl Kayser found himself just a few metres from enemy fighters hiding behind a wall and risked his life to single-handedly drive them off despite suffering a grenade injury.

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Military covenant to be signed in Essex

Royal Anglian Regiment parading through Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

Army commanders and councillors will be meeting in Essex today to publicly sign a military covenant. Members of the county and district councils will be joined by representatives of the emergency services to pledge to work together for the benefit of the armed forces community.

The signing comes as members of the 1st Batallion of the Royal Anglian Regiment have returned from their fourth tour of Afghanistan. Yesterday they paraded through the streets of Ipswich.

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