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War hero's son: Ceremony helped me understand dad's sacrifice

A teenage boy whose father was killed during the Afghanistan conflict has told ITV News that today's ceremony honouring the war dead has helped him understand why his dad went to fight.

Brandon, aged 15, lost his father Sgt Steven Campbell five years ago when a roadside bomb exploded nearby.

It's helped me see that he was there for a good cause, and he did what he loved doing.

It's helped a lot.

– Brandon Campbell, son of Sgt Steven Campbell

Former commander reflects on 13 years in Afghanistan

As 13 years of conflict in Afghanistan officially came to an end with a special commemorative ceremony, those involved have used the opportunity to reflect on the operation.

Among them was Stuart Tootal, a former Commanding Officer for 3 Para, who resigned over the way his troops were treated.

He told ITV News that he was pleased with how the operation had improved over the past eight years, in particular in giving Afghani troops the necessary training and skills to allow them to monitor and take on terrorist forces themselves.


Afghanistan war soldiers honoured

The Archbishop of Canterbury has honoured Britain's Armed Forces who fought and died in Afghanistan, publicly thanking them during a service held in their memory.

The end of the 13-year conflict was marked by a ceremony of commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral where the Most Rev Justin Welby paid tribute to all those who served, leaving behind family, facing danger and suffering injury.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports.


Watch live: Parade marks end of Afghanistan operation

British service men and women are marching through London this lunchtime in a parade honouring those who served during the conflict in Afghanistan, and marking the official end of the operation.

The last remaining troops were lifted out of the Allied base in October.

The Prince of Wales was due to take a salute before the parade stepped off.

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Troops hold Afghanistan remembrance service in Kabul

British and coalition troops took part in an Afghanistan commemoration service in Kabul today as a similar event took place at St Paul's Cathedral in London.

The troops gathered at the Afghan National Army Officers Academy in Kabul. Credit: MoD
The 453 servicemen and women who lost their lives during the Afghanistan campaign were remembered. Credit: MoD
The event marks the end of UK Combat Operations in Afghanistan. Credit: MoD

Cross built from shell casings dedicated at Afghan service

A cross made of shell casings which adorned the wall of the main Allied base in Afghanistan has been rededicated at a special commemorative service honouring those who served in the conflict.

The cross was blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will feature on a new Bastion Memorial Wall at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The ceremony began with a prayer from the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, the Very Reverent Dr David Ison.

We commemorate with sorrow and regret those who have died in these operations and pray for their families and friends and for all who mourn their loss.

We remember those who have been injured in body, mind and spirit and we pray for their continued wellbeing and for those who especially support them.

– V. Rev. Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's
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