22 Field Hospital in Aldershot

Medals for Medics

Members of 22 Field Hospital who served in Afghanistan, were presented with their service medals by the Countess of Wessex in Aldershot.

Duke of Gloucester presents medals

Medals for proud Army medics

The Duke of Gloucester was in Aldershot today to hand out operational service medals to 4 Medical Regiment.

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Afghan teen wins appeal

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Campaigners are celebrating the news that a teenager from Kent who was due to be deported to Afghanistan, is to be allowed to remain in the UK. Najibullah Hashimi, who's 19, had been fostered by a family in Faversham.

They say they've had support from thousands of people who signed a petition to keep Najib here, and that the tribunal recognised the impact on the family that deportation would have.

Najib told Meridian he'd dreaded being sent back to Afghanistan where his father and brother were killed by the Taliban. From Faversham, David Johns reports, speaking to Najib, his stepfather Steven Griffiths, and campaigner Mick Nokes.


Kent teenager wins appeal to stay in the country

19-year-old Najibullah Hashimi Credit: ITV Meridian

A teenager from Faversham, who fled Afghanistan when his father and brother were killed, has won his appeal to stay in the country. More than 2,000 people signed an online petition, when Najibullah Hashimi was told he had to go back when his visa ran out.

The nineteen-year-old's case was heard in London last week.

Pegasus the dog home from Afghanistan

Video. A family have gone to extreme lengths to bring home a stray dog their son befriend while in Afghanistan. Private Lewis, who was killed whilst on patrol, had Pegasus the dog as his constant companion. His family have now taken great solace in giving Peg a new home.

Now an artist from Oxfordshire has painted the remarkable little dog's portrait, which is hoping to raise money for charity. Heather Edwards spoke to Tony Lewis, Private Lewis' father and Shirley Cherry who painted the portrait of Peg.

Did soldier really witness horrors in Afghanistan?

Questions are being asked whether a soldier who stole a riffle and ammunition really did witness horrors in Afghanistan.

Corporal Harry Killick, 36, claims to have witnessed a comrades death and had to collect DNA from insurgents body parts in Helmand, triggering post-traumatic stress disorder.

He has claimed that he was suffering from the disorder at the time of the offence.

But Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Minton, the commanding officer of Killick's regiment, said in a statement that although he would have been aware of a fatal incident, he did not witness it.

He said that Killick was not responsible for collecting the DNA from body parts of insurgents and he did not under go trauma risk management because he didn't warrant it.

Lt Col Minton added, "The only issue that Cpl Killick had was to do with the tour having finished and returning to civilian life."


War artist, shot by Taliban, is flown to UK

Graeme Lothian sketching in Musa Qala, Helmand Province - he has been flown to the UK for treatment after being shot by a sniper Credit: Dave Higgins/Graeme Lothian
Graeme Lothian on patrol in Nahr e Saraj, Helmand, Afghanistan, with 5 Rifles Credit: Dave Higgins/Graeme Lothian
By Graeme Lothian: Casualties are moved from Camp Bastion for medical repatriation Credit: Dave Higgins/Graeme Lothian

Graeme Lothian, Kent war artist, shot by Taliban

Graeme at work in Afghanistan Credit: Dave Higgins/Graeme Lothian

The Kent war artist, Graeme Lothian, has been shot and wounded by a Taliban sniper in Afghanistan. Graeme, from Sevenoaks, is a popular figure with the troops and has produced stunning work, illustrating the dangers faced by soldiers.

Graeme Lothian studies the troops in action Credit: Dave Higgins/Graeme Lothian
Graeme is a familiar figure on the front line Credit: Dave Higgins/Graeme Lothian

We spoke to Graeme's close friend, Dave Higgins, who said he was 'stunned', and anxiously seeking news about Graeme's condition.

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