Dead UK troops to be named

Two British soldiers who were killed in southern Afghanistan by a person wearing an Afghan National Army uniform will be named today.

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Rogue Afghan soldier 'had flipped'

Deborah Haynes is the Times' defence editor, currently in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, where two British soldiers were killed.


Rogue Afghan soldier 'got close' to UK troops before shooting

The Times' Defence Editor (£) Deborah Haynes, who is in Lashkar Gah, has interviewed people about the two UK soldiers shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier.

He got close to the foreign troops — three or four metres — and he opened fire. Then the foreign troops killed him.”

– Ghulam Farooq Parwani, local Afghan commander

The point of these attacks is to put a wedge between the ANA [Afghan National Army] and Isaf and in our case the advisers."

– Lieutenant-Colonel Bill Wright

The Afghan people have had 30 years of war. Some of the new generation is crazy [as a result].”

– Matiullah, 24, one of the new recruits


MoD: Thoughts with soldiers' families

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Ian Lawrence, said: "Sadly, I must report that a Royal Marine and a soldier from the Adjutant General’s Corps were shot and killed by an Afghan National Army soldier at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base.

"The thoughts and condolences of everyone serving in the Task Force are with their families and friends."

The soldiers’ families have been informed and have asked for a 24 hour period of grace before further details are released.

Procedures for vetting recruits to Afghan forces questioned

Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy added his tribute to the victims, saying they were in the "thoughts of all of us". He questioned the procedures for vetting recruits to the Afghan security forces.

He said: "Since 2007, Afghan forces have attacked Nato forces, resulting in 75 fatalities. Most of these attacks have taken place over the past two years.

"In light of previous incidents, what new procedures have been implemented to vet Afghan recruits?"

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