The number of British troops killed in Afghanistan has reached 300 as disquiet grows about Britain’s role in the war.
Authorities have not released the name of the latest casualty but say the soldier died of his wounds after being caught in a roadside bomb in Helmand province earlier this month.
While expected, the milestone in the 9 year-long conflict was no less grim.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘‘Well, it’s desperately sad news. Another family with such grief and pain and loss. And of course, the 300th death is no more or no less tragic than the two hundred and ninety nine that came before, but it is a moment, I think, for the whole country to reflect on the incredible service and sacrifice and dedication that our armed services give on our behalf.’‘
But, serious questions are being asked as to why Britain is fighting in Afghanistan. Despite that, the father of Captain Jim Phillipson, who was the 100th British soldier to die in the conflict, has defended the operation.
‘‘Every death is regrettable. The families are always gonna be suffering but they’re out there to do a job. And until that job is done, then there are going to be casualties.’‘
However, critics claim the cost in blood and money cannot be justified given the little progress that has been made since 2001, arguing some 10,000 British military personnel should be brought back home.