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British troops end combat operations in Afghanistan

The UK has handed over control of Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Afghan security forces. The move marks the end of the British military presence in the country.

Troops from across the Meridian region were among those serving in Afghanistan in a operation that spanned over a decade. In that time 453 troops lost their lives.

The last Union flag of Great Britain flying above the skies of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, is lowered. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The last Union flag of Great Britain flying in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, is lowered by Captain Matthew Clark, left, and Warrant Officer 1 John Lilley. The Union flag will be returned to the UK by Brigadier Rob Thomson, after a ceremony at Camp Bastion signifying the end of combat operations in Helmand by British and ISAF forces.

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Tributes to Gurkhas killed in Afghanistan

Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar

The MoD has confirmed the deaths in Afghanistan of Lieutenant Edward Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Siddhanta Kunwar. They were from the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, based at Folkestone.

Lieutenant Drummond-Baxter and Lance Corporal Kunwar were based in Checkpoint Prrang in the southern area of Nahr-e Saraj. On 30th October they were participating in a shura (meeting) with Afghan policemen inside the checkpoint. They were shot by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform.

Soldiers killed at checkpoint

The Ministry of Defence has announced the death of two soliders in Afghanistan. The soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, based at Shorncliffe Barracks in Folkestone, were killed in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.

“I am saddened to report the deaths of two soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles who were shot and killed by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform at a checkpoint in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.

“The loss of these soldiers is a huge blow to The Royal Gurkha Rifles and everyone serving in Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and fellow Gurkhas at this time.”

– Major Laurence Roche, spokesman for Task Force Helmand

The soldiers' next of kin have been informed.

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Soldiers return home

Members of the 26 Engineer Regiment have returned to their families after completing a tour of Afghanistan. One member of the regiment died during the tour of Helmand Province.

Lance Corporal Matthew Smith Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lance Corporal Matthew David Smith from Aldershot, was killed in the Nad 'Ali district when he was hit by small arms fire on Friday, 10 August 2012