Mince pies make it as far as Camp Bastion so personnel can still celebrate Christmas.
The Defence Secretary has confirmed that soldiers from the North West will be among those deploying to Afghanistan in the spring.
A young mother from Warrington has won her fight to prove her fiancé fathered their daughter before he was killed in Afghanistan.
The government agency behind the compensation scheme for injured veterans, has released a statement in response to our coverage of ex-marine Andy Grant's fight for compensation.
The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency manages the scheme, but made clear it would not comment on individual cases.
– Spokesperson, Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme pays out a lump sum for those injured, disabled or bereaved by Service on or after 6th April 2005. For those with the most serious injuries and illnesses, AFCS also provides an income stream known as the Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP). This is a tax free, index-linked monthly payment which is paid from the point of discharge for life. AFCS is a tariff system and has 15 levels from 1 (most severe) to 15 (least severe) each level covering a type of injury and body zone. If an individual isn't happy... they do have a right to appeal.
A former marine, who lost his leg after an explosion in Afghanistan, says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" against his bid for compensation.
Andy Grant has been told he must face an independent tribunal to claim the type of payout he says he deserves.
Doctors amputated part of his right leg after he was hit by shrapnel from a pair of improvised explosive devices.
But he also suffered a wound to his thigh, and Government advisers have ruled it is not serious enough to grant him more compensation.
Andy Bonner reports.
Former marine Andy Grant is trying to get full compensation, after a Taliban bomb led to his leg being amputated.
He says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" to prevent him being paid out.
The size of a wound on his thigh is disputed.
A former marine, who lost his leg after an explosion in Afghanistan, says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" against his bid for full compensation.
Andy Grant from Aintree has been told he must face an independent tribunal to claim the type of payout he says he deserves.
Doctors amputated part of his right leg after he was hit by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device.
But the size of a wound in his thigh is being disputed.
A Royal Air Force member who foiled a Taliban raid despite being blown off his feet in a grenade blast is to receive an award for his bravery. Corporal Kurt Lee, 29, from Manchester, attacked insurgents planning an assault on Camp Bastion.
A British soldier from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, which recruits mostly in the North West, has died following an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.
He was flown to hospital after being injured in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province yesterday but died of his injuries.
His family has been told.
The funeral of a soldier from Cumbria who died after he was shot in Afghanistan will be held today. 23 year old Kingsman David Shaw from Barrow died in hospital in January from his injuries.
Kingsman Shaw was shot when his checkpoint came under attack in of Helmand Province, he was flown home for treatment but sadly died.
David's family said: "David was a much-loved son and brother who was proud to have served his country in the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
"He loved his family and friends and would always make time for a hug for everybody.
A soldier from the 1st Batallion The Duke Of Lancaster's regiment has died after being wounded in Afghanistan.
He was injured by enemy action on Monday while serving in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province.
He was flown back to the UK but died today while being treated in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
– Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Chris Boryer
"It is my solemn duty to report the death of a soldier from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment who has died as a result of wounds sustained whilst on duty in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province.
"The thoughts and prayers of everyone serving in Task Force Helmand are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
The Ministry of Defence says the soldier's family has been informed.