The number of British troops killed in Afghanistan has hit 300, raising further questions about the UK’s role in the war-torn country.
The grim milestone in the 9-year long conflict came with news that a Royal Marine from 40 Commando had died of his wounds in hospital. The MOD said he had been severely injured in a roadside bomb in the Sangin district of Helmand province earlier this month.
Around 10,000 British military personnel are in Afghanistan and there is growing public unease about the war. Critics claim the cost in blood and money cannot be justified given the dearth of tangible progress.
But politicians insist the war against the al-Qaeda-allied Taliban insurgents is vital for national security to protect the West from terrorist attack.
UK death toll in Afghan war reaches 300