Deputy Speaker, we have received reports of a serious
incident in Iraq. Right Honourable and Honourable members
will appreciate that it is often difficult to immediately
establish a clear picture of events and precise details
of what has happened. But I very much regret that I
can confirm to the House that, in an attack on British
forces in the Black Watch area of operations, we have
suffered a number of casualties, including three fatalities.
The process of informing their next of kin is underway,
and Right honourable and Honourable members will appreciate
that that should take place before we release fuller
details. What I can say is that US forces helped to
provide urgent medical support at the scene of the incident,
something for which I know our forces are grateful.
know I speak for the whole House when I say that our
thoughts are with our soldiers and their loved ones.
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