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Factsheet

Operations in Afghanistan: Chronology of Events, January 2009 - May 2010

Coalition military activity is summarised below, with links to more extensive briefings where available.

Operations in Afghanistan

The UK is providing a number of British military and civilian personnel in support of NATO-led military operations in Afghanistan. The UK contribution, which began in October 2001 following the terrorist attacks on the United States, has helped to bring about the fall of the Taliban regime. This subsequently paved the way for the first ever parliamentary elections in Afghanistan which took place on 18 September 2005.

British Forces, under the command of the International Security Assistance Force and along with US and other allies from the international community, continue to work with the new, democratically-elected Afghan Government to build stability and maintain security across the country.

10 May 10 - The new British Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Sir William Patey, has visited British troops and international redevelopment projects in Nad 'Ali in the heart of Helmand's Green Zone.

9 May 10 - Corporal Christopher Lewis Harrison, Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, Helmand, was killed in an explosion that happened near Patrol Base Blenheim in Sangin, Helmand province.

6 May 10 - Army bomb disposal experts from the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force have cleared the road to the market town of Shahzad in south west Helmand, in the heart of the 'Green Zone'.

4 May 10 - Lead elements of the Royal Dragoon Guards have arrived in Afghanistan ahead of a six-month deployment.

Over 120 soldiers of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh returned home from Afghanistan to Chester for an emotional reunion with family and friends.

3 May 10 - Two soldiers from 21 Engineer Regiment were killed in separate incidents in Helmand Province. Sapper Daryn Roy was killed in an explosion that happened near Patrol Base Pimon, in Nad 'Ali, and Lance Corporal Barry Buxton was killed in a traffic accident that happened near Nad 'Ali.

2 May 10 - Corporal Harvey Holmes, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, serving with the 40 Commando Royal Marines Battle Group, was killed in an explosion that happened near Patrol Base Waterloo, in Sangin, Helmand province.

1 May 10 - General David Petraeus, the Head of US Central Command, visited Helmand province to meet British Foreign Office and military staff in Lashkar Gah.

30 Apr 10 - An Afghan National Army soldier working alongside British troops in Helmand province holds the record for finding the most improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.

29 Apr 10 - Days before they're due to return home to the UK, soldiers from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, in partnership with Afghan security forces, have conducted a helicopter insertion operation to search a village suspected to be held under insurgent control.

28 Apr 10 - More than 1,100 people from throughout the district of Nad 'Ali attended a 'super-shura' recently to discuss the upcoming district council elections.

27 Apr 10 - Engineers from the Close Support Kandak, 3rd Brigade, Afghan National Army, and 21 Engineer Regiment are undertaking a programme of infrastructure works at Patrol Base Rahim, in Nahr-e Saraj, as partnered engineering teams.

26 Apr 10 - The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards have marked the Transfer of Authority for the Nahr-e Saraj (South) area to 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

23 Apr 10 - Soldiers from Malta Company, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, have taken over control of Patrol Base One in Malgir, south of the town of Gereshk in Helmand province, from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

Helmand province is experiencing a reduction in the level of violent incidents and insurgent activity as a result of the poppy harvest, UK military spokesman on Afghanistan Major General Gordon Messenger said at an operational update briefing.

90 soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment returned home from Afghanistan.

22 Apr 10 - Military medics who have been serving in Afghanistan for the last six months and arrived back in the UK this week with the help of HMS Albion were presented with their campaign medals.

21 Apr 10 - British Army snipers from Fire Support Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, have engaged with enemy insurgents in a firefight near Shahzad in south west Helmand.

20 Apr 10 - Responsibility for and command of the Sangin Area of Operations has officially been transferred from 3rd Battalion The Rifles to 40 Commando Royal Marines.

16 Apr 10 - Army bomb disposal experts from the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force have cleared the road to the market town of Shahzad in South West Helmand, in the heart of the Green Zone.

200 soldiers from the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force were officially welcomed back to the United Kingdom from Helmand and received their Afghanistan campaign medals.

15 Apr 10 - Soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards' Queen's Company have recently helped the Afghan National Army hold a reintegration shura with members of the Taliban.

14 Apr 10 - Thousands of UK soldiers from 4th Mechanized Brigade are arriving in Camp Bastion at the moment and undertaking their final in-theatre confirmation training.

13 Apr 10 - After three months providing 24/7 close air support and reconnaissance to coalition forces in Afghanistan, the RAF's IX (Bomber) Squadron handed over their duties to Number II (Army Cooperation) Squadron.

Even though they have only recently arrived in Afghanistan, soldiers from 6 Squadron, 12 Logistic Support Regiment, have already conducted a gruelling week-long logistic patrol delivering equipment to troops on the front line.

12 Apr 10 - Soldiers from the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery returned from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, where they were heavily involved in Operation MOSHTARAK, to Wiltshire.

10 Apr 10 - The command of UK troops in Helmand province, Afghanistan, was officially handed over from 11 Light Brigade to 4th Mechanized Brigade.

9 Apr 10 - Riflemen from B Company, 3rd Battalion the Rifles, have been undertaking an operation to maintain security on Route 611 through Helmand province, thereby improving freedom of movement in the area.

Members of C Squadron of the Household Cavalry Regiment were presented with their Afghanistan Operational Service Medals.

8 Apr 10 - Members of the RAF charged with protecting Kandahar Airfield have recently, with their Afghan colleagues, provided security for a business development conference in Afghanistan.

7 Apr 10 - Fusilier Jonathan Burgess of 3 Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, died as a result of gunshot wounds following a small arms engagement in the Nad 'Ali area of Helmand province.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and troops from the Afghan National Army have distributed school books to children in the Wishtan area of Helmand province.

6 Apr 10 - The beginnings of a robust and dedicated Afghan helicopter force is beginning to take shape, thanks in part to the contribution of British military experience and expertise.

An Army search dog has discovered homemade explosives and equipment to make over ten Improvised Explosive Devices in the Nad 'Ali region of Afghanistan where Operation MOSHTARAK has been taking place.

4 Apr 10 - Rifleman Mark Turner, 3rd Battalion, The Rifles, was killed as a result of an explosion that happened while he was on a foot patrol against insurgents near Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province.

3 Apr 10 - Soldiers of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) were reunited with their families and loved ones after an 'arduous yet rewarding' six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

1 Apr 10 - Guardsman Michael Sweeney, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, died as a result of an explosion that happened in the Babaji District of central Helmand province.

The 3 RIFLES Battlegroup have been operating in Sangin for the past six months. As they approach the end of their deployment their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, here reviews the losses and gains that his soldiers have faced.

31 Mar 10 - There is a strong sense of continued progress on the ground in Helmand Province although there are signs that the Taliban are increasingly turning to tactics of intimidation of the local population.

To increase security and build up civil institutions in Afghanistan Chief Inspector Paul Jordan is leading a team of 13 Ministry of Defence police officers who are helping to create a new Afghan police force.

30 Mar 10 - The Commander of Task Force Helmand said last week Sangin is perhaps the most challenging area in Afghanistan that British forces are operating in. Major Tim Harris has been operating in the area for the last few months and here describes the progress that is slowly being made.

29 Mar 10 - A soldier from the Coldstream Guards currently serving in Afghanistan has said that his new helmet and body armour probably saved his life when a grenade bounced off his head.

A Platoon medic's actions in Helmand, which saw him push forward and treat his fellow soldiers who had been injured after a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade attack, have earned him a Military Cross.

27 Mar 10 - Rifleman Daniel Holkham, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died in an explosion that was caused by a suicide bomber, who detonated a device near to the Sangin Bazaar.

26 Mar 10 - Lance Corporal of Horse Jonathan Woodgate, Household Cavalry Regiment, was on a Brigade Reconnaissance Force foot patrol operating about three kilometres to the south of Sangin District Centre when he was fatally wounded by a grenade thrown from behind a wall.

The British Army veterinary officer who started up pioneering veterinary clinics for Afghan farmers around Camp Bastion has now started helping the farmers in the area where Operation MOSHTARAK has been taking place.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, paid a surprise visit to British troops in Afghanistan this week to show his support for the British Armed Forces.

25 Mar 10 - The Commander of Task Force Helmand said that while much has been achieved over the last few months by his soldiers, particularly on Operation MOSHTARAK, the fight with the Taliban is not over yet.

The Head of the Army met a delegation of senior religious leaders from Helmand province last week to discuss the importance of religion and culture in military operations in Afghanistan.

24 Mar 10 - Ever since the arrival of two rigid raiders at their camp, C Company, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, have been patrolling the vast lake hemmed in behind Helmand's Kajaki hydroelectric dam to outmanoeuvre the enemy.

Soldiers from 26 Engineer Regiment returned to their barracks in Wiltshire after a deployment to Afghanistan which saw many of them contribute to Operation MOSHTARAK by introducing a new weapon to the battlefield.

Among the British Service personnel to be honoured in the latest Operational Awards List were several members of the Royal Navy.

23 Mar 10 - In two operations just a week apart soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh have uncovered some of the largest quantities of improvised explosive devices and IED components found in Afghanistan to date.

The Royal Navy deploys some 1,000 personnel every year to support UK operations in Afghanistan in a variety of roles. Though many will not leave their bases during a tour, all must be fully prepared for any eventuality. Shell Daruwala reports.

Among the British Service personnel to be honoured for their gallantry and meritorious service in last week's Operational Awards List are six members of the Royal Air Force.

22 Mar 10 - Serjeant Steven Campbell, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was patrolling with his Platoon around 3km south of Sangin district centre.

19 Mar 10 - A total of 146 members of the Armed Forces and one civilian have received honours and awards in the Operational Honours List.

Some of the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have been honoured for gallantry and meritorious service in the latest Operational Awards List attended a special ceremony in London where their actions were marked out as 'utterly remarkable'.

The people of Babaji and British soldiers operating in that area can enjoy greater security following the completion of Route Trident this week by soldiers from 28 Engineer Regiment.

18 Mar 10 - Two British military bomb disposal experts, one of whom gave his life in the line of duty, have been awarded one of the UK's highest awards for gallantry, the George Cross.

British troops in Afghanistan are cycling and rowing 5,800 km, the equivalent of the journey home to the 11 Light Brigade Headquarters in Aldershot, to raise money for Sport Relief.

17 Mar 10 - As Musa Qal'ah begins to stabilise, local children are getting the chance of an education thanks to the British forces' Military Stabilisation Support Team who have been helping refurbish schools in and around the town.

16 Mar 10 - Lance Corporal Scott Hardy and Private James Grigg both from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, part of the Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group, were killed as a result of an explosion which occurred in an area approximately 20km north of Musa Qal'ah district centre, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Increasing levels of security in Musa Qal'ah are enabling the Afghan National Police, mentored and aided by British military and civilian personnel, to adopt more conventional policing skills.

15 Mar 10 - Captain Martin Driver, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, serving as part of the Household Cavalry Regiment Battle Group, died from wounds sustained in an explosion which occurred in the Musa Qal'ah district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on the morning of 21 February 2010.

A unit of Territorial soldiers from The Royal Anglian Regiment has played a key role in the stabilisation of Musa Qal'ah since British troops retook the town from the Taliban two years ago.

12 Mar 10 - While under fire from the enemy, a soldier from 3 RIFLES recently picked up a live Taliban hand grenade and threw it back at them in an attempt to save himself and his comrades.

11 Mar 10 - In order to make best use of force numbers, ISAF commanders have ordered a reconfiguration that will see British troops hand control of the town of Musa Qal'ah to other ISAF forces over the coming weeks.

The British soldiers responsible for finding, isolating and defusing improvised explosive devices are being hailed by their fellow troops as the heroes of Britain and NATO's Afghanistan counter-insurgency campaign.

10 Mar 10 - Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has visited the areas of central Helmand secured by British and Afghan troops in Operation MOSHTARAK and seen how progress is being made.

Members of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group are using joint patrols with the Afghan National Army to mentor the Afghan soldiers, build relations with local nationals, and offer a visible sign of strength to the insurgents.

Four Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have set off for Afghanistan this week to play a part in the counter-explosives effort.

A dog proved to a woman's best friend recently when a Royal Army Veterinary Corps soldier and her military working dog helped calm what could have been a very dangerous situation in Kabul.

9 Mar 10 - An Afghan Army patrol, mentored by British soldiers based at Patrol Base Shaheed, which was set up following Operation MOSHTARAK, gave insurgents a clear message during a recent encounter.

Tri-Service personnel from the Joint Helicopter Command are currently training Afghan pilots to fly Russian-built helicopters over Salisbury Plain in a project to develop the nascent Afghan helicopter capability. Report by Tristan Kelly.

8 Mar 10 - On a visit to Camp Bastion this weekend, Prime Minister Gordon Brown told troops that the British people are proud of what they've been achieving in Afghanistan.

7 Mar 10 - Corporal Stephen Thompson, 1st Battalion The Rifles, serving as part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, died as a result of an explosion which occurred in an area three kilometres south of Sangin district centre, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Tom Keogh, A Company, 4th Battalion The Rifles, part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, died as a result of small arms fire near Sangin, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

6 Mar 10 - Rifleman Liam Maughan, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died from wounds received as a result of small arms fire which occurred near Sangin, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

5 Mar 10 - Rifleman Jonathon Allott, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died from wounds received as a result of an explosion which occurred near Sangin, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

When the main clearance phase of Op MOSHTARAK was launched from Camp Bastion Airfield three weeks ago, the RAF completed 167 air moves and coordinated 90 aircraft in just four hours.

Mike McKie is a civilian stabilisation adviser working in Musa Qa'lah. He says that the positive achievements made there - thriving markets, hybrid power generation, improving local governance, education and healthcare - point to what is possible in Marjah in the wake of Operation MOSHTARAK.

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, made a morale-boosting visit to British troops at their base in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, this week.

3 Mar 10 - During a visit to Helmand province this week, the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, told troops 'to put yourself in the position of the local Afghans'.

Afghan National Army soldiers, with assistance from their British mentors, recently mounted an attack on a Taliban position which forced the insurgents to run for their lives.

2 Mar 10 - Corporal Richard Green killed in Afghanistan, 3rd Battalion The Rifles died as a result of small arms fire near Sangin, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

An experienced Taliban IED-laying team was recently destroyed by a Royal Artillery strike after having been discovered by soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland on a routine patrol.

1 Mar 10 - Rifleman Carlo Apolis killed in Afghanistan, 4th Battalion The Rifles died as a result of small arms fire near Sangin in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force were among the first troops to be involved in Operation MOSHTARAK, helping ensure that, when the infantry launched the first assaults just over two weeks ago, routes were clear.

26 Feb 10 - Sergeant Paul Fox, 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, died from wounds received as a result of an explosion near Check Point Shamal Storrei in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Following the successful clearance phase of Operation MOSHTARAK, markets in both Nad 'Ali and Marjah are starting to open again, Lindy Cameron, the head of the multi-national Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand, said.

25 Feb 10 - Rifleman Martin Kinggett, 4th Battalion The Rifles, part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, has died as a result of small arms fire near Sangin, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Royal Engineers have built a new bridge across a strategic stretch of the Nahr-e Bughra canal near the town of Shaheed.

24 Feb 10 - Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate, II Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, part of the Kandahar Airfield Defence Force, who was part of a vehicle mounted patrol and died from wounds received as a result of an explosion which occurred in an area north of Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar province.

Afghan forces are increasingly taking the lead when dealing with local security issues in central Helmand as the stabilisation phase of Operation MOSHTARAK around Nad 'Ali continues.

Troops from the Household Cavalry Regiment recently saved the lives of several Afghan locals who became trapped in a lorry as it tried to cross a flooded river.

To help save lives and improve the effect of both military and civilian operations in Afghanistan, a new capability, the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit, has been set up by the Ministry of Defence. Report by Danny Chapman.

23 Feb 10 - As the stabilisation phase of Operation MOSHTARAK starts to take place, Royal Engineers are making improvements to the local infrastructure, including building bridges, repairing drainage systems and remaking road surfaces.

2,000 local Afghan people that have registered for the 'cash for work' programme around Nad 'Ali are cleaning up bazaars, repairing canals and undertaking community refurbishment projects following the clearance phase of Operation MOSHTARAK.

Once a hotbed of insurgent activity and hard-fought for with military action, a fresh scent of stability and regeneration is blowing in the Helmand town of Musa Qal'ah. Brian Draper reports.

22 Feb 10 - The first Combat Logistic Patrol of Op MOSHTARAK, made up of 35 vehicles, has delivered vital heavy equipment and supplies, which could not be airlifted, to troops on the front line.

While a number of British troops have been focused on Operation MOSHTARAK over recent weeks, the RAF Regiment's role in protecting Camp Bastion is still as important as ever.

19 Feb 10 - In addition to working with the Afghan National Army on the training ground and out in the field to improve their basic soldiering and infantry skills, British troops are also advising their Afghan counterparts on how to build relationships. Report by Tristan Kelly.

18 Feb 10 - Lance Sergeant David Walker, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards who was serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South) (formerly known as Battle Group (Babaji)) died from wounds received as a result of an explosion in the Babaji area of Nahr-e-Saraj in Central Helmand.

Lieutenant Douglas Dalzell, 1st Battalion Scots Guards died as a result of small arms fire in the Nad 'Ali area of central Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The Royal Engineers have fired their latest weapon in the battle against the Taliban for the first time, an exploding hose which punches safe passage through suspected IED belts.

Over the last two months, three RAF firefighting females have been in the thick of it in Afghanistan, evacuating seriously wounded casualties to Camp Bastion hospital.

17 Feb 10 - Having successfully taken their objective for Operation MOSHTARAK in the Nad 'Ali district, Fire Support Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, and their Afghan National Army partners have now firmly established their new base.

A number of International Security Assistance Force air assets were used to insert troops into key target locations during this weekend's Operation MOSHTARAK, including RAF Chinooks. Flight Lieutenant Chris 'Haz' Hasler describes his role in the assault.

16 Feb 10 - Afghan National Army soldiers uncovered an enemy cache during a clearing operation with British soldiers from the Coldstream Guards in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province.

The key objectives of Operation MOSHTARAK, of driving out the insurgents and extending the influence of the Afghan Government, are being achieved, despite mine and IED levels higher than anticipated.

15 Feb 10 - Sapper Guy Mellors, 36 Engineer Regiment, serving as part of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, died from wounds received as a result of an explosion near Patrol Base Ezaray to the north east of Sangin district centre in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has said that following the successful 'clearing phase' of Operation MOSHTARAK which began this weekend, the hard part - providing enduring security and opportunities for the local people so the Taliban cannot return - now begins.

Having launched an airborne assault into a Taliban-controlled area, Royal Welsh and Afghan soldiers have held shuras with the local population and set up a new patrol base to ensure enduring security.

14 Feb 10 - Kingsman Sean Dawson, 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was killed as a result of small arms fire which occurred in the Musa Qal'ah district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Rifleman Mark Marshall, 6th Battalion The Rifles, died from wounds received as a result of an explosion near Forward Operating Base Inkerman, to the north-east of Sangin in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Operation MOSHTARAK, the Afghan-led initiative to assert government authority in central Helmand province, has completed its first clearing operations, with 'hot stabilisation' already underway in the UK area of operations.

13 Feb 10 - Lance Sergeant David Greenhalgh, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, died instantly when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device near Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, in Afghanistan.

The initial key objectives of Operation Moshtarak have been achieved in a short space of time and with minimal interference from the Taliban, UK military spokesman Major General Gordon Messenger has said.

The key military 'clearing' phase of Operation MOSHTARAK, involving a combined force of 15,000 troops launching major assaults on Taliban strongholds, has begun in central Helmand province, Afghanistan.

12 Feb 10 - The Commander of the British Engineer Group in Afghanistan has spoken to his soldiers as they prepare for Operation MOSHTARAK, telling them 'it is bloody dangerous out there' but 'this is what you have been trained for'.

A new pool of UK professionals ready to deploy to failing states and countries emerging from crisis, called the UK Civilian Stabilisation Group, was launched this week by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

11 Feb 10 - Lance Corporal Darren Hicks, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, died as a result of an explosion that happened in the Babaji district of central Helmand province in Afghanistan.

British troops are working closely with Afghan soldiers out on the ground in Afghanistan in often unforgiving conditions to build up the capability of the Afghan National Army. Report by Tristan Kelly.

As ISAF and Afghan troops make their preparations for Operation MOSHTARAK, the head of NATO troops in southern Afghanistan has stated that this operation will succeed as governance is at the forefront of it.

10 Feb 10 - Soldiers from 4th Mechanized Brigade have been taking part in a full Mission Specific Training exercise on Salisbury Plain, in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan where they will take on the vital 'holding phase' of Operation MOSHTARAK.

Once soldiers in the Afghan National Army finish their initial training in Kabul they deploy to the various provinces around the country. In Helmand province, Major Bruce Radbourne of the Parachute Regiment is leading the new soldiers' ongoing training. Report by Tristan Kelly.

9 Feb 10 - Through mentoring, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) are helping increase the ability of the Afghan National Army to provide security for Afghanistan themselves. Here the 2 YORKS Commanding Officer speaks about the challenges involved. Report by Tristan Kelly.

8 Feb 10 - Warrant Officer Class 2 David Markland, 36 Engineer Regiment, part of the Counter-IED Task Force, was killed as a result of an explosion which happened in the Nad 'Ali district of central Helmand province.

The deaths of two further soldiers in Afghanistan mean that the same number of British Armed Forces personnel, 255, have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001 as were killed in the Falklands Campaign.

People should be prepared for British casualties resulting from the upcoming major offensive in Helmand province, Operation MOSHTARAK, which will involve thousands of ISAF troops clearing parts of central Helmand of insurgents, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has said.

Since they arrived in Afghanistan four months ago, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) have been undertaking a critical task in the long term strategy for British involvement in Afghanistan - mentoring soldiers from the Afghan National Army. Report by Tristan Kelly.

Treo, an eight-year-old black Labrador, is to be honoured for his heroic actions as an arms and explosives search dog in Afghanistan by veterinary charity PDSA.

7 Feb 10 - Corporal John Moore and Private Sean McDonald, both from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group, died as a result of an explosion near Sangin, in Helmand province.

5 Feb 10 - An RAF Reservist is spearheading a project to rebuild bomb-ravaged schools in villages where locals are living in the shadow of the Taliban. Report by Flying Officer Tony Newton.

4 Feb 10 - While still serious, the security situation in Afghanistan is no longer deteriorating, the head of NATO forces in Afghanistan said at a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Turkey.

Over the last 36 hours elements of the Royal Welsh, Grenadier Guards and Scots Guards have taken part in an air and ground ISAF operation to the south of Nad 'Ali, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Only a quarter of the artillery ammunition fired by the Gunners of 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery during their current deployment to Helmand has been lethal. Their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel J M J Bennett, says this is helping create closer relationships with the local people and makes them feel safer. Here he reports on their tour so far:

Since arriving at Kandahar Airfield last month, the Tornados of the RAF's IX (Bomber) Squadron have conducted several 'shows of force' in support of ground forces and also been involved in some kinetic activity against insurgents.

3 Feb 10 - The Sappers of 28 Engineer Regiment have been involved in every significant operation undertaken by Task Force Helmand over the last four months. Here their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Matt Bazeley, gives a report on their time in Afghanistan.

2 Feb 10 - A former professional footballer turned Army officer escaped injury in Afghanistan recently when an improvised explosive device detonated under the Mastiff armoured vehicle he and his soldiers were travelling in.

1 Feb 10 - Corporal Liam Riley and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment were killed as a result of two improvised explosive device blasts near Malgir in Helmand province.

2010 will be a decisive year for Afghanistan, David Miliband, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, told the House of Commons during a statement on last week's Afghanistan Conference.

An Army fitness instructor, currently deployed to Nad 'Ali, has the task of liaising with local Afghans who live in the area to explain what the British and the International Security Assistance Force are working to achieve in Afghanistan.

British troops building a bridge in Nad 'Ali recently had to down tools and pick up their weapons when insurgents opened fire on them.

29 Jan 10 - An RAF officer is taking the lead in a new initiative to reach out to Afghan women living in the poverty-stricken desert communities near Camp Bastion, the biggest British military base in Helmand province.

28 Jan 10 - The responsibility for security in Afghanistan could start to be passed from international forces to Afghan troops later this year, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said as he opened the London Conference on Afghanistan.

As the London Conference on Afghanistan began, the President of Afghanistan said he hopes to see a clear agenda for the next five years in his country emerge.

The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, met British soldiers who have served in Afghanistan, as well as their families, at Wellington Barracks in central London, and thanked them for their sacrifice.

The first 138 new Afghan policemen, who have been trained by a mixture of British soldiers, MOD police and other security sector personnel at the Interim Helmand Police Training Centre located in Lashkar Gah, graduated.

Operating from Patrol Bases in the area of central Helmand province wrested from Taliban control in Operation PANTHER'S CLAW, soldiers of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards are working constantly to win the trust of the people and put the insurgents on the back foot. Their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Toby Gray, here gives his mid-tour report.

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has answered questions from the public on the UK's strategic aim for Afghanistan during a live web chat to mark the start of the London Conference on Afghanistan.

In the run-up to the London Conference on Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has answered online questions from the public about Afghanistan which have been posted on the forum Yoosk.

27 Jan 10 - In the lead up to 'Afghanistan: The London Conference', Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth will be answering questions during a live web chat on the Number Ten website.

At the Afghan Army's Military Training Centre just outside Kabul, British, American and other NATO troops are working together to train and mentor thousands of Afghan National Army soldiers each month.

A MOD civil servant, normally based at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Portsmouth, is currently working in Afghanistan, where he is providing front line troops with as much information about the areas in which they are conducting operations as possible.

26 Jan 10 - More than 300 helicopter-borne soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh have targeted a Taliban stronghold in one of their biggest operations since arriving in Helmand over a month ago.

In his mid-tour report, the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, Lieutenant Colonel Roly Walker, talks about tangible success in the Nad 'Ali area of Helmand, where his soldiers are operating, and the cost which that success has brought.

25 Jan 10 - Upcoming operations in central Helmand will see British troops assert Afghan Government control over areas which are currently either governed by the Taliban or simply ungoverned at all, the head of NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan.

The Household Cavalry Regiment are half way through their current deployment to Afghanistan. Here their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Fullerton, gives his mid-tour report.

24 Jan 10 - Lance Corporal Daniel Cooper, 3 RIFLES, died from wounds received as a result of an explosion near Sangin, in Helmand province.

22 Jan 10 - Rifleman Peter Aldridge of 4th Battalion The Rifles, was killed by an explosion whilst on a foot patrol near Sangin in Helmand Province.

As London prepares to stage the Afghanistan Conference next week, which will play a crucial role in shaping Afghanistan's future, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth is answering the public's questions about the UK's presence in Afghanistan online.

In his mid-tour report, the Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, reports on continued progress on all fronts.

21 Jan 10 - 4th Mechanized Brigade will replace 11 Light Brigade in April 2010 as the lead formation of British troops in Helmand province, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has announced.

As well as going out on patrol to ensure British troops in Helmand receive immediate medical help if needed, combat medics are also working hard to help the Afghan Army build up their own medical skills. Report by Tristan Kelly.

Amongst the numerous MOD civilian staff currently deployed to Afghanistan is Scientific Adviser Ross Jones, who is providing expertise on vehicle armour, communications and explosives to help save the lives of his military colleagues.

20 Jan 10 - Injured in Afghanistan in 2007, Rifleman Mark 'Turtle' Turner has now returned to the front lines of Helmand as part of 3 RIFLES' commitment to the ongoing rebuilding of the country.

19 Jan 10 - Corporal Taff Edwards has been trained by the Army in Dari, one of the languages spoken in Afghanistan, and is using his skills in Helmand to improve the effectiveness of mentoring teams as they train the Afghan National Army. Report by Tristan Kelly.

The arrival of Combat Chef Lance Corporal Stevie Allan at Forward Operating Base Wishtan before Christmas was greeted with excitement by the soldiers of B Company, The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, who are based in the dusty outpost for six months.

18 Jan 10 - Vital to the smooth running of operations, civilian and military personnel in the Defence Fire Risk Management Organisation are working together in Afghanistan to ensure assets and personnel are safe from the risk of fire. Report by Tristan Kelly.

15 Jan 10 - Corporal Lee Brownson and Rifleman Luke Farmer, from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, were killed as a result of an IED explosion while on patrol near Sangin, in Helmand Province.

Members of the Afghan National Police have visited the Scots Guards in the UK to see the training that the British soldiers are receiving before they deploy to mentor the Afghan Police.

Captain Declan Lynn, from the Army's Educational and Training Services, is proving that there are no barriers to education or even delivering lessons in front line bases in Afghanistan. Report by Tristan Kelly.

14 Jan 10 - Any success achieved in Afghanistan will be dependent on the Afghans themselves, the Commander of the NATO Training Mission in the country said.

A high tech robot which will boost the ability of bomb disposal experts to find and deactivate improvised explosive devices on the front line has been delivered to Afghanistan.

Inspector Steve Coppard is currently deployed to Afghanistan to mentor the Afghan Chief of Police and his deputy in Gereshk District in an attempt to improve the policing and judicial institutions in the region. One of his big challenges is tackling corruption. Report by Tristan Kelly.

13 Jan 10 - Afghanistan will be won or lost on the home front, Armed Forces Minister Bill Rammell said in a speech about the relationship between the British Armed Forces and the British people.

To improve operational effectiveness on the ground in Afghanistan, Royal Marines from 40 Commando have been hosting Pashto language and Afghan cultural awareness courses at their base in Taunton.

Flight Lieutenant Tom Benson is a Tornado GR4 pilot in the RAF. He is currently deployed to Afghanistan, ensuring that ground troops in Helmand province are provided with essential close air support to continue the fight against the Taliban.

In a country known best for military intervention, the work of a Ministry of Defence Police Officer shows how UK civilians are working hard to build up Afghanistan's civil institutions and create a stable nation. Report by Tristan Kelly.

12 Jan 10 - As the threat from improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan shows little sign of abating, commanders on the ground are making sure that British troops receive the most up-to-date training on how to detect and deal with the menace. Report by Tristan Kelly.

Captain Martha Fairlie is in charge of the British Military Stabilisation Support Team for Babaji in Helmand province. Here she talks about one of the team's latest projects to reopen and develop a school.

11 Jan 10 - Captain Daniel Read from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, was killed as a result of an explosion which happened in the Musa Qaleh area of northern Helmand province.

Reservist Army medics from 207 Field Hospital (Volunteers) have completed the latest phase in a training cycle building towards a probable deployment to Afghanistan during 2010.

A mother of two, Flight Lieutenant Karen Lofthouse is an Air Traffic Controller with the RAF who has recently been working at the UK's fifth busiest UK-controlled airport, Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

A father and son who are both part of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) Battle Group currently serving in Afghanistan are finding that being with loved ones on operations can bring challenges as well as rewards. Report by Tristan Kelly.

10 Jan 10 - Defence correspondent Rupert Hamer from the Sunday Mirror died of his wounds after the vehicle in which he was travelling struck an improvised explosive device whilst he was accompanying a patrol to the north west of Nawa. His colleague, photographer Philip Coburn, also injured in the incident remains in a serious but stable condition.

8 Jan 10 - 2010 will see British, US and other NATO troops conduct operations to help the Government of Afghanistan assert its control over the ungoverned spaces of Nad 'Ali district in Helmand province and bring economic development to Kandahar City, the British Commander of NATO troops in southern Afghanistan has said.

British military medics have saved the lives of two young Afghan girls from Helmand province who were seriously injured by a Taliban improvised explosive device.

7 Jan 10 - Having arrived in December, personnel of No 1 RAF Force Protection Wing from RAF Wittering are now out on the ground protecting Camp Bastion in Helmand, Afghanistan.

The working relationship between members of the Afghan National Security Forces and British forces is paving the way for Afghan forces to lead from the front and secure their own future. Report by Joe Clapson.

6 Jan 10 - A veteran of Afghanistan and one of the most experienced soldiers in the Paras has become a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Armed with 'the big boys' toys', the Fire Support Group at Forward Operating Base Jackson keep a watch for enemy activity in Sangin from the highest vantage point in town. Report by Joe Clapson.

5 Jan 10 - A six-year-old boy gravely ill with tetanus has been saved by British Army medics who flew him several hundred miles from a remote village in Afghanistan to the British-run hospital at Camp Bastion.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Rifles, on a foot patrol from Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin, show little sign of worry for their own safety. Their focus is on reassuring Afghan nationals. Report by Joe Clapson.

4 Jan 10 - British soldiers from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards are taking the fight to the Taliban daily to secure the western outskirts of Babaji in order to secure the area for reconstruction and deny the insurgents of local influence.

A corporal from 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland has experienced first-hand that life in the operational theatre of Afghanistan can go from one extreme to another in the space of two days.

3 Jan 10 - Private Robert Hayes of 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was killed as a result of an improvised explosive device blast while conducting a security patrol south of Check Point Paraang in southern Nad 'Ali, Helmand province.

31 Dec 09 - Sapper David Watson from 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) died of wounds sustained in an explosion caused by an Improvised Explosive Device in the vicinity of Patrol Base Blenheim in the Sangin region of Helmand Province.

Army Engineers work tirelessly to provide the vital life support that keeps bases running. Report by Joe Clapson.

Brigadier Chris Tickell, 8 Force Engineer Brigade's Commander, reports back after six tough months supplying troops in Helmand with bullets, bandages and beans.

Before deploying to Afghanistan, medic reservists are given a chance to experience life in Camp Bastion's field hospital - in Yorkshire. Report by Ian Carr.

24 Dec 09 - Two RAF airmen joined Absolute Radio Breakfast Show DJ Christian O'Connell last week to give their seal of approval to a Christmas Dinner flavoured Pot Noodle destined for British troops serving in Afghanistan. Report by Steve Willmot.

22 Dec 09 - A soldier from The Parachute Regiment died as a result of a suspected improvised explosive device while on a foot patrol south of Sangin, central Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Tornado Pilot Flight Lieutenant Juliette Fleming and her navigator, Squadron Leader Nikki Thomas, are currently the only all female Tornado crew working in Afghanistan. Their role is to provide close air support to troops on the ground.

21 Dec 09 - Lance Corporal Christopher Roney of A Company, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, died from wounds sustained during a fire-fight in the vicinity of Patrol Base Almas, near Sangin, central Helmand Province, in Afghanistan.

20 Dec 09 - Lance Corporal Michael Pritchard, Royal Military Police, was killed as a result of small arms fire in the Sangin area of central Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

19 Dec 09 - Corporal Simon Hornby, 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was wounded in action following an improvised explosive device strike in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province. Despite every endeavour by those around him to save his life, he died of his wounds.

18 Dec 09 - While some personnel from 90 Signals Unit, based at RAF Leeming, have come home from a ten-week deployment to Afghanistan this week, others have been deploying.

16 Dec 09 - New patrol bases, which will push back insurgents operating south of Sangin, have been set up in a daring operation in the space of 48 hours by British troops in the dangerous 'Green Zone'.

15 Dec 09 - Lance Corporal David Leslie Kirkness and Rifleman James Stephen Brown were killed as a result of a suspected suicide improvised explosive device blast during the course of a joint Afghan National Army and International Security Assistance Force security patrol near Sangin, in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Plans to reprioritise Defence spending to help achieve success in Afghanistan, the top military priority, and balance the books, have been announced by Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth.

The first of five hundred extra British troops deploying to Afghanistan stepped off a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Camp Bastion in the early hours of this morning.

14 Dec 09 - Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced that £150m will be provided to help counter the improvised explosive device threat in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has visited Afghanistan and met with British forces as well as holding talks with President Karzai and Afghan authorities.

The Household Cavalry Regiment have been in Helmand for two months. Here their Commanding Officer talks about how the troops are in contacts with the enemy daily but that they have the insurgents on the back foot.

Part of a multi-national partnership with forces from the United States, the UK, Afghanistan, Denmark and Bahrain, personnel from the RAF Regiment are playing a key role providing security to troops based in Camp Bastion.

11 Dec 09 - Crews from RAF Lyneham are reverting to Second World War methods of resupplying troops on the front line in Afghanistan by air drops, helping to reduce the danger posed by roadside bombs.

10 Dec 09 - In the two years that the Royal Navy Sea Kings have been flying over Afghanistan the crews have taken their helicopters into treacherous environments and have often encountered stiff resistance from insurgents.

An RAF Sergeant has been pulling out the stops at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan to ensure that British troops can recover from their injuries and return to the front line when possible, as soon as possible.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) working with the Afghan National Army in Helmand have recently presented their Afghan colleagues with a herd of sacrificial sheep and goats as a gift for Eid ul Adha. Report by Tristan Kelly.

9 Dec 09 - It's a long way from their natural stomping grounds over the world's oceans but after two years of successful service in Afghanistan Royal Navy Sea Kings are showing they are more than at home in the hot and dusty conditions of Helmand province. Report by Tristan Kelly.

450 soldiers from 4th Battalion The Rifles, who recently returned from a gruelling deployment to Afghanistan, were honoured by cheering crowds in Salisbury this week.

8 Dec 09 - Two Royal Logistic Corps soldiers are currently deployed to Afghanistan where they are providing an essential role driving wounded troops to the Camp Bastion hospital.

7 Dec 09 - Lance Corporal Adam Drane, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed whilst carrying out security duties at Check Point Paraang in southern Nad 'Ali, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The Defence Secretary and Chief of the Defence Staff have paid tribute to the sacrifice and achievements of the 100 British troops who have given their lives in support of the mission in Afghanistan this year.

Guardsman Andrew Pearce's Pashto skills are proving very handy for his battalion who are currently deployed to Afghanistan to mentor the Afghan National Police in the town of Sangin, Helmand province.

6 Dec 09 - The last members of the RAF's No 1 Air Control Centre to serve in Afghanistan returned home to their base at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey in Lincolnshire.

3 Dec 09 - Armed Forces Minister Bill Rammell visited 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh as they took part in their final training exercise before deploying to Afghanistan.

Support for our troops is indivisible from support for the mission in Afghanistan said Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, addressing members of the think tank the Royal United Services Institute.

2 Dec 09 - American President Barack Obama's announcement that 30,000 extra US troops will be sent to Afghanistan has been welcomed by British Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth and Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup.

Deployed to 'Artillery Hill' in Helmand province, Lieutenant George Mowbray is mentoring members of the Afghan National Army to man a working artillery position which provides firepower and support to Danish infantry troops.

British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Police and Army that they are working with have been celebrating the festival of Eid ul Adha with members of the local community in northern Helmand this week.

1 Dec 09 - US Commanders have thanked a British dive team from the Royal Engineers who recently helped recover two drowned US Airborne soldiers from a river in the north west of Afghanistan.

30 Nov 09 - Acting Sergeant John Amer, of 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, sustained as a result of an explosion that happened in the Babaji area, in central Helmand Province.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the UK will deploy 500 extra troops to Afghanistan.

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has said there is enough equipment in Afghanistan to support the deployment of an additional 500 British troops.

Having arrived in Afghanistan two weeks ago, the initial RAF Merlin Force has now passed the extensive pre-flight checks enabling them to take to the Afghan skies one month ahead of schedule.

27 Nov 09 - Six weeks into his deployment to northern Afghanistan, Lance Bombardier Michael McClarence is using one of the Army's powerful artillery guns to keep the enemy's head down.

26 Nov 09 - The Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion The Rifles has written about the role of his soldiers who are currently deployed in the area around Sangin in Helmand province.

The Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team has helped 450 teachers sit professional examinations as part of the Afghan Government's attempt to improve education across the country.

25 Nov 09 - A British Army logistics expert is currently deployed to Afghanistan where he is mentoring his Afghan counterparts to help ensure the Afghan National Army has a top notch transport organisation to support its troops in Helmand.

A British Army veterinary officer has started up a pioneering veterinary clinic where Afghan farmers from the villages near Camp Bastion can bring their livestock, which are their lifeblood, for a free check-up and dose of preventative healthcare.

Generous members of the public who show their support for Armed Forces personnel by sending welfare parcels to Afghanistan are being urged to consider alternative and better ways they can back the troops.

24 Nov 09 - A Sapper serving with 28 Engineer Regiment in Afghanistan recently saved his friend's life following an improvised explosive device blast in the pitch black during a night-time patrol.

Four female combat helicopter aircrew are on their way to Afghanistan to fly the RAF's Merlin aircraft into action against the Taliban. Report by Rob Kellaway.

23 Nov 09 - As part of an observation party which directs fire as and when required, Army fitness instructor Gunner Danny Woodridge is currently keeping an active look-out for the enemy in Afghanistan.

19 Nov 09 - As 11 Light Brigade gets into its stride as the lead formation of British forces in Afghanistan, one Army officer has taken on the challenge of his life.

18 Nov 09 - Sergeant Robert David Loughran-Dickson of the Royal Military Police died as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a routine patrol in the vicinity of Patrol Base Wahid, in Nad 'Ali District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Attacked by insurgent fighters while visiting a mosque in Helmand province, a British platoon chose not to engage the attackers in case the local villagers got harmed.

Currently on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan, Royal Navy Surgeon Commander Graham Hill believes that this is his hardest tour so far.

17 Nov 09 - The first Romanian officer to undertake a secondment to the British Army since World War Two has set out on his first overseas assignment to serve with the Gurkhas in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

16 Nov 09 - The Afghan campaign is being prosecuted not from choice, but out of necessity, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in his annual foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor of London's Banquet.

The first RAF Merlin helicopter has arrived in Afghanistan as part of a move to boost air support on the front line.

British military engineers have recently built a new bridge on the fringes of Nad 'Ali in Helmand province as part of a long term plan to improve the economic prosperity of the area.

15 Nov 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Loren Owen Christopher Marlton-Thomas from 33 Engineer Regiment was killed in Afghanistan.

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Rifleman Andrew Ian Fentiman from 7th Battalion The Rifles, attached to the 3 RIFLES Battle Group.

12 Nov 09 - A British sniper ended a Taliban attack on his colleagues conducting a patrol in an Afghan village with a single shot.

As if looking after yourself on an operational tour isn't enough, one Major in Afghanistan has the responsibility of ensuring that 400 soldiers within 10 The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment have everything they need.

11 Nov 09 - As the Armed Forces today remember their colleagues who have died in conflicts since the First World War, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth reiterates why British forces are fighting in Afghanistan.

2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) have recently deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, where they are mentoring their colleagues in the Afghan National Army.

The last soldiers from The Light Dragoons returned home from Afghanistan this weekend. Here their Commanding Officer reflects on their six-month tour.

10 Nov 09 - As The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, return home from an arduous tour in Afghanistan, their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cartwright, talks of his immense pride at what his soldiers have achieved.

9 Nov 09 - More than 60 soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and The King's Royal Hussars have deployed to Afghanistan for the vital role of transporting troops and protecting large convoys in Helmand province.

8 Nov 09 - It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Rifleman Samuel John Bassett, 4th Battalion The Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan.

7 Nov 09 - It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Rifleman Philip Allen from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan.

Soldiers from The Light Dragoons were met with banners, beaming smiles, hugs and kisses when they returned from Afghanistan to their home base at Robertson Barracks, Swanton Morley, Norfolk.

6 Nov 09 - Prime Minister Gordon Brown has reaffirmed the UK's commitment to the campaign in Afghanistan.

Royal Navy clearance divers have deployed to Afghanistan for the first time to add their expertise to the joint Service effort dealing with unexploded ordnance. Report by Ian Carr.

5 Nov 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Serjeant Phillip Scott of 3rd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan yesterday, Thursday 5 November 2009.

3 Nov 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of five soldiers, Warrant Officer Class 1 Darren Chant, Sergeant Matthew Telford and Guardsman James Major, all of the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards as well as Acting Corporal Steven Boote and Corporal Nicholas Webster-Smith, both of the Royal Military Police in southern Afghanistan.

A high-ranking Army chief has heaped praise on the professionalism of a tri-Service operational group dedicated to helping the stabilisation process in Afghanistan. Report by Joe Clapson.

1 Nov 09 - The United Kingdom took over leadership from the Netherlands of the International Security Assistance Force's Regional Command South in Afghanistan.

31 Oct 09 - It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Staff Sergeant Olaf Sean George Schmid, of the Royal Logistic Corps, in Afghanistan.

30 Oct 09 - 2 RIFLES have had a challenging tour over the past six months. As they return home to their friends and family their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Rob Thomson, reflects on their toughest assignment yet.

If anyone understands the complexity of the task facing British soldiers squaring up to the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, it is General Sir David Richards, the new Chief of the General Staff. Report by Cliff Caswell and Tom Binns.

29 Oct 09 - One hundred Riflemen of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles marched through Croydon to celebrate their recent return from Afghanistan. Report by Leigh Morrison.

28 Oct 09 - 2nd Battalion The Rifles are currently returning home from Afghanistan. One of their last missions in Helmand was to provide security for an Afghan Government-run shura to take place in the town of Sangin.

27 Oct 09 - Soldiers from A Company, The Second Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have arrived home from six months of relentless Taliban attacks in Afghanistan.

Support for British troops on operations in Afghanistan comes in many different forms, including chaplains, who cater for many religious beliefs as well as being a source of support for all those who need them.

Two British soldiers have emerged victorious from the first ever Helmand Marathon, held on the desert roads of Camps Leatherneck and Bastion, after beating off tough competition from personnel from the United States, Denmark and Estonia.

27 Oct 09 - While Army Warrant Officer Class 2 Mark Boardman is helping to improve the infrastructure in Helmand province, his brother, RAF pilot Flight Lieutenant Richard Boardman, is flying overhead in the Tornado GR4, providing tactical reconnaissance to troops on the ground.

RAF mental health nurse Warrant Officer Mark Woodhead is coming to the end of a three-month deployment to Helmand province where he has been helping treat soldiers exposed to acute stress.

26 Oct 09 - Ex-Royal Marine Flight Lieutenant Phil Rossiter has switched services to go from the ground to the air in Afghanistan where he is helping the fight against improvised explosive devices.

British Forces Broadcasting Service Radio Afghanistan went live on air at 0630hrs local Afghan time this morning, broadcasting from Camp Bastion to British forces across Afghanistan and the Middle East.

25 Oct 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Corporal Thomas 'Tam' Mason from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak Hospital.

23 Oct 09 - Soldiers from Alpha (Grenadier) Company of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, have fought off Taliban attackers in order to facilitate the recovery of a US Army Chinook helicopter.

Soldiers from 4 Close Support Battalion of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers have been reflecting on their experiences in Afghanistan and Kuwait this summer as well as the warm welcome home they have received.

22 Oct 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal James Oakland of the Royal Military Police was killed in Afghanistan.

21 Oct 09 - A lasting tribute has been paid to an officer killed in Afghanistan after a new village school which he had vowed to build opened its doors to youngsters in Helmand province.

Two Army cyclists are discovering the hard way that it's a long way from Land's End to John O'Groats, especially if you go via Afghanistan.

20 Oct 09 - The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, are coming to the end of their latest deployment to Afghanistan. Here, four of their soldiers reflect on the summer.

19 Oct 09 - Soldiers from 40th Regiment Royal Artillery returned home to waiting friends and family at their barracks in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, this weekend from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Pilots and crew from the first Tornado Wing to have deployed to Afghanistan were welcomed home to RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland amid emotional scenes.

British troops are working with a variety of coalition partners in Helmand province, including Australian Gunners, who over the summer have been supporting 19 Light Brigade in the Upper Gereshk Valley.

16 Oct 09 - In preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan, three companies from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment have recently taken part in an intensive training exercise at STANTA, the Afghan training village in Norfolk.

15 Oct 09 - Following the Prime Minister's announcement of an enduring deployment of 9,000 British troops in Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has announced the extra units that will be deploying with 11 Light Brigade in the coming weeks.

Opening a policy debate on Afghanistan in the House of Commons, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth set out the progress that has been made over the summer and the priorities for the future.

MOD police officer Isabella McManus is the first British female police officer to work in Afghanistan training and mentoring the Afghan National Police. Since her arrival the number of women who want to join Afghanistan's Police Force has doubled.

Just days after returning home to a heroes' welcome, bomb disposal soldiers were honoured on the parade ground for their arduous work over the last six months in Afghanistan.

14 Oct 09 - The number of British troops deployed to Afghanistan will now stand at 9,000, increasing to 9,500 only subject to certain conditions, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced.

The ability of RAF pilots in Afghanistan to control the Paveway IV smart bomb and avoid civilian casualties is illustrated in previously classified video footage which has been released.

British soldiers mentoring Afghan police officers have helped open a new £1.3m prison in Lashkar Gah this week which will dramatically improve security and conditions for prisoners in Helmand.

12 Oct 09 - The Commander of 19 Light Brigade, Brigadier Tim Radford, who commanded British troops in Afghanistan for the last six months, arrived home. Here he reflects on what has been achieved by his troops.

Royal Navy and Royal Marine Lynx helicopter crews from 847 Naval Air Squadron were recently honoured for maintaining the highest level of operational efficiency in Afghanistan.

10 Oct 09 - A ceremony was held at Headquarters Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah to mark the Transfer of Authority in Helmand province between 19 Light Brigade and 11 Light Brigade.

9 Oct 09 - Soldiers from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, have seized 1.5 tons of hashish, including a block the size of a football, during an operation to clear a bazaar of insurgent equipment.

8 Oct 09 - It is with extreme sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lance Corporal James Hill of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards in Afghanistan.

As the first tranche of soldiers from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards arrived home from Afghanistan yesterday their Commanding Officer talks about what they have achieved in the last six months.

7 Oct 09 - A Royal Navy Petty Officer (Diver) has swapped the icy waters of Scotland for the desert and mountains of Afghanistan, making him the first Royal Navy explosive ordnance disposal operator to conduct bomb disposal in the region.

6 Oct 09 - Soldiers of 19 Light Brigade's elite Reconnaissance Force have recently undertaken one of their biggest deployments to date - and have had to draw on all their training and determination to get the job done.

The first soldiers from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, have started deploying to Afghanistan.

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth and Home Secretary Alan Johnson have made a visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan to see the work of British forces operating in Afghanistan first hand.

5 Oct 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Guardsman Jamie Janes, of 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards, in Afghanistan.

3 Oct 09 - As the soldiers from 38 Engineer Regiment arrive home from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, their Commanding Officer has paid tribute to their sacrifice and hard work.

2 Oct 09 - Soldiers who are about to return home from Afghanistan have dealt the Taliban one last blow, by destroying millions of pounds worth of drugs in an early morning assault.

1 Oct 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Senior Aircraftman Marcin Wojtak of the Royal Air Force Regiment who was killed in Afghanistan.

Ultimately, it is the Afghans themselves that must defeat the insurgents, the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force has said in a speech in which he outlined the next steps for the operation.

A recently-recruited Rifleman has spoken of his role in an intense contact with the Taliban in Babaji district, Helmand, during which two colleagues from his company tragically lost their lives.

29 Sep 09 - Following one of the toughest summers in Helmand province, the medics who have provided front line care to our soldiers are set to return home.

28 Sep 09 - A retired Royal Marines helicopter pilot, now a reservist, says there is still some life in the old dog yet and has just deployed to Afghanistan to fly the fearsome Apache attack helicopter.

27 Sep 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Private James Prosser from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh was killed in Afghanistan.

24 Sep 09 - Medics from 33 Field Hospital, based in Gosport, are making their final preparations to deploy to Afghanistan as part of the Joint Force Medical Group.

Operating in temperatures touching 40 degrees and under constant threat of attack from insurgents, the Helmand beat is one of the toughest police assignments in the world. Report by Squadron Leader Iain Houghton.

23 Sep 09 - The first RAF Force Protection (FP) Wing into Basra at the start of Op TELIC, No 2 FP Wing, was also the first RAF FP Wing to take over the defence of Kandahar Airfield. They have now turned their attentions to another Afghan airfield.

22 Sep 09 - The Royal Navy's unique airborne surveillance and control helicopters, known as 'Baggers', have recently deployed to Helmand for the first time, where they are detecting, following and intercepting insurgent activity.

21 Sep 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Acting Sergeant Michael Lockett MC, of 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) was killed in Afghanistan.

A team of specialist Royal Engineers has helped construct millions of pounds worth of infrastructure across Helmand province this summer, including a new four-wing prison and a headquarters for the Counter Narcotics Police.

18 Sep 09 - Ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan next month, a squadron of sappers from 33 Engineer Regiment have completed their final stage of training with deadly live explosives and munitions.

A new BBC documentary, 'Wounded', follows two soldiers injured on operations in Afghanistan from the moment they landed at Birmingham, and through their treatment and rehabilitation at Selly Oak and Headley Court.

A Hollywood star known for his tough screen roles was so moved by the sacrifices made by British Armed Forces this summer that he has flown to Afghanistan to thank them.

A British military team has just completed the first ever course to train Combat Camera Teams for Afghan National Security Forces.

17 Sep 09 - Defeat for NATO in Afghanistan would have a hugely intoxicating impact on extremists worldwide, General Sir David Richards has said in his first major speech since becoming head of the Army.

16 Sep 09 - It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Acting Serjeant* Stuart McGrath of 2nd Battalion The Rifles and Trooper Brett Hall of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, following separate incidents in Afghanistan.

A Royal Navy Medical Assistant is to be awarded the Military Cross in recognition of her 'exemplary performance' on operations in Afghanistan.

15 Sep 09 - A soldier from the Royal Regiment of Artillery has been awarded the Military Cross for his heroic actions in aiding an injured comrade and relaying critical information while exposed and under fire during a battle in Afghanistan.

14 Sep 09 - Hundreds of soldiers from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, launched an 'audacious' night-time assault on an insurgent stronghold in Kandahar province, finding an 'Aladdin's cave' of weapons.

A soldier from The Rifles is being awarded the Military Cross for his brave actions which saved the life of an Army Commander during a bout of intense fighting in Afghanistan.

Thirteen women are quietly making history in the most conservative corner of Afghanistan thanks to the support and mentoring of an MOD police officer.

13 Sep 09 - It is with deepest regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment in southern Afghanistan.

10 Sep 09 - Following the success of Operation ZAFAR to establish a firm presence in the village of Basaran in Afghanistan and drive insurgents away, the Welsh Guards set about improving the local community and renovating the only school in the area.

9 Sep 09 - It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence confirms that Corporal John Harrison from The Parachute Regiment was killed in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has issued a statement on an operation in Afghanistan to free hostage Stephen Farrell, a journalist of dual British/Irish nationality.

Up to 400 soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) have commenced their deployment to Afghanistan after saying goodbye to loved ones at Weeton Barracks in Lancashire.

The RAF's Tornados in Afghanistan doubled their normal flying rate as the Service provided support to the recent Afghan elections.

The Royal Colonel for 2nd Battalion The Rifles, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, has visited the 2 RIFLES Battle Group in Sangin, as they fight to bring security to the Afghan town.

8 Sep 09 - Troops deployed to Afghanistan will have their eye on the enemy thanks to a suite of new equipment that will increase their ability to detect and target their foes, the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support announced.

7 Sep 09 - The UK-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand, comprised of military and civilian personnel, has helped fund and refurbish a provincial media centre for the local government in Lashkar Gah.

4 Sep 09 - Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said the UK will partner with local troops to increase the presence of the Afghan National Army, in a speech outlining the long term strategy in Afghanistan.

3 Sep 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Private Gavin Elliott of 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment was killed in Afghanistan.

A brand new, purpose-built Forward Operating Base has been built in one of the most isolated regions of Helmand, giving British soldiers in the area much better living conditions than they had previously.

Two soldiers serving a crucial role in Task Force Helmand's HQ have spoken of their reluctance to return home knowing that they will leave loved ones fighting on the front line.

2 Sep 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal Richard James Brandon of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was killed in Afghanistan.

Badly injured by a rocket-propelled grenade while on a routine patrol, a British soldier ignored his pain and stayed on the radio to direct American pilots overhead to suppress the enemy.

Opium cultivation has dropped over the last year by a third in Helmand province according to the United Nations who have attributed this to, amongst other things, the UK-backed food zones supported by British troops.

1 Sep 09 - During a visit this weekend to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that UK forces fighting there to protect Britain's national security will receive 'every possible support' as they face new and emerging challenges.

31 Aug 09 - It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Sergeant Stuart Millar and Private Kevin Elliott of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

30 Aug 09 - A British Chinook helicopter was deliberately destroyed by ISAF Forces at 1605 local time having sustained damage on landing approximately 10km East of Sangin at 0530 this morning.

29 Aug 09 - The Royal Marine killed on operations in Afghanistan has been named as Sergeant Lee Andrew Houltram.

28 Aug 09 - The Chief of the Defence Staff has said that while the UK strategy in Afghanistan is the right one, the outcome depends on the will power to see it through in the long term and whether the Afghans themselves can make progress in areas of governance.

27 Aug 09 - UK Government spokespeople have said that Operation PANTHER'S CLAW was successful despite claims of low voter turnout in last week's Afghan elections in the town of Babaji, part of the area secured in the operation.

26 Aug 09 - British infantry soldiers working with explosives experts in Afghanistan have cleared one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the world of improvised explosive devices.

Using a Chinook helicopter fully equipped with the latest medical technology, the Medical Emergency Response Team is providing life-saving treatment to British troops in Helmand province. Unfortunately this is their busiest summer yet.

25 Aug 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Fusilier Shaun Bush from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak.

24 Aug 09 - Set up three years ago by two RAF personnel on a gravel dirt track, Camp Bastion airfield in Afghanistan has now become the fifth-busiest UK-operated airport, new movements figures show.

21 Aug 09 - General David Petraeus, the Commander of US Central Command, has spoken to the British media this week, praising the British Armed Forces and explaining the importance of elections in Afghanistan and what victory there means.

British troops working in Sangin have described the steps that are being made towards improved security, reconstruction and stabilisation as small and rather unglamorous but nonetheless essential.

20 Aug 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Serjeant Paul McAleese, of 2nd Battalion the Rifles, and Private Johnathon Young, of The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's), were killed in Afghanistan.

Following the call from the Government of Afghanistan for a day of peace during today's elections in the country, the International Security Assistance Force has limited offensive operations for the day.

19 Aug 09 - General James Dutton, the UK's top Commander in Afghanistan, spoke to the British media about minimising civilian casualties in the country and whether extra British troops are needed there.

A British helicopter crew has escaped without injury after their Chinook was forced to make an emergency landing in Helmand province following an engine fire.

A convoy stretching for eight kilometres and consisting of more than one hundred UK, US and Afghan National Army vehicles set off recently to resupply coalition bases in northern Helmand.

18 Aug 09 - The Governor of Helmand, Gulab Mangal, has issued condolences on behalf of the people of his province expressing their grief at the losses sustained by British forces in Afghanistan.

The colleagues of a British bomb disposal expert who was recently killed in Helmand have been teaching locals how to deal with the deadly bomb threat they face on a daily basis.

16 Aug 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal James Fullarton, Fusilier Simon Annis and Fusilier Louis Carter, all of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, were killed in Afghanistan.

15 Aug 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Sergeant Simon Valentine, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed in Afghanistan.

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Private Richard Hunt from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh died at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Selly Oak from wounds sustained in Helmand province two days previously.

14 Aug 09 - The desert may not be the first location you think of when it comes to scuba-diving, but a specialist Army team has recently been put to good work during Operation PANTHER'S CLAW in Afghanistan.

Finishing touches are being made to a high-tech temperature-controlled medical storage facility which will help military medics save lives in Afghanistan.

Thanks to a donation of football strips from a Scottish football team, players from the Afghan National Army were able to go head-to-head with a military team made up of British and international players.

13 Aug 09 - With deep regret, the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Captain Mark Hale and Rifleman Daniel Wild of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles and Lance Bombardier Matthew Hatton of 40th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Lowland Gunners) were killed in Afghanistan.

The main hospital in Helmand province turned on its first life-saving oxygen system this week which, donated by the Estonian Government, was installed by the Provincial Reconstruction Team.

A soldier who joined the Army after a bet and chose to be a medic at the toss of a coin now finds himself working with the Afghan National Police in the searing heat of the Afghan summer.

12 Aug 09 - A multi-national helicopter assault involving hundreds of British and Afghan troops has resulted in the destruction of Taliban compounds and opium processing facilities in the Sangin Valley, Afghanistan.

10 Aug 09 - Even at the ferocious height of Operation PANTHER'S CLAW, civilian and military stabilisation teams were moving into territory cleared of the Taliban to prepare local communities for national elections. Report by Sharon Kean.

8 Aug 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Private Jason George Williams from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment was killed in Afghanistan.

7 Aug 09 - International Security Assistance Force troops have destroyed a bomb-making team in Helmand as they attempted to plant an improvised explosive device on a main road near an area held by British troops following Operation PANTHER'S CLAW.

6 Aug 09 - It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Kevin Mulligan, Lance Corporal Dale Thomas Hopkins and Private Kyle Adams were killed in Afghanistan.

An Army dog handler recently saved the life of a soldier critically injured by an IED blast in Afghanistan and then went on, with his dog, to trace and apprehend the bomb-makers.

5 Aug 09 - Among the thousands of British troops involved in Operation PANTHER'S CLAW was a female combat medic who accompanied infantry soldiers into the heart of battle to provide life-saving treatment.

4 Aug 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Craftsman Anthony Lombardi of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, attached to The Light Dragoons, in Afghanistan.

British troops have told Armed Forces Minister Bill Rammell that they have a clear sense of purpose for their work in Afghanistan and that in spite of recent fatalities morale remains high.

3 Aug 09 - Addressing an audience at the Royal United Services Institute the Minister for the Armed Forces Bill Rammell has used his first major speech on defence to argue that the work of the Armed Forces in combating the insurgency in Afghanistan is directly combating terrorism in the UK.

A soldier from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment has defied the odds by surviving with relatively minor injuries after a Taliban attack in which he was shot through the face.

29 Jul 09 - Numerous British military units were involved in Operation PANTHER'S CLAW and here we publish the diaries of some of the Commanding Officers of the main Battle Groups.

Camp Bastion is one of the most hostile places the Royal Air Force operates from. Among the usual dangers of the desert, from snakes to sunstroke, fire is a significant hazard. Only the very best firefighters can feel at ease here. Report by Flight Lieutenant Andy Wasley (7644 Squadron).

Two Territorial Army soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan are having no regrets about leaving their civilian jobs back home and one is enjoying his work in Helmand so much he has decided to join the Army full-time.

28 Jul 09 - British forces are now concentrating on holding, stabilising and developing the area that they have successfully cleared of Taliban insurgents in the successful Operation PANTHER'S CLAW.

27 Jul 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Warrant Officer Class 2 Sean Upton and Trooper Phillip Lawrence were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan.

A final armoured thrust across enemy territory has marked the end of Operation PANTHER'S CLAW; a five-week campaign to clear one of the few remaining Taliban strongholds in Helmand province.

25 Jul 09 - It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Bombardier Craig Hopson, 40th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Lowland Gunners), was killed in Afghanistan following an improvised explosive device explosion .

24 Jul 09 - 125 British Service personnel are to be deployed to Afghanistan to help sustain the progress of current operations following recent casualty rates, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has announced.

23 Jul 09 - In preparation for 11 Light Brigade's deployment to Afghanistan this October, 4,000 troops have come together on Salisbury Plain over the last two weeks for a mission rehearsal exercise. Report by Tristan Kelly.

22 Jul 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Guardsman Christopher King, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, attached to 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, was killed in Afghanistan.

A 20-year-old soldier from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment has been recognised in front of his battalion, friends and family for his courage during a battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

20 Jul 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Captain Daniel Shepherd, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, was killed in Afghanistan.

Following a Chinook and Apache helicopter assault on the Babiji region of Helmand Province, troops from The Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Light Dragoons have linked up to continue flushing insurgents out of the area.

19 Jul 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Joseph Etchells of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed in Afghanistan.

16 Jul 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Rifleman Aminiasi Toge, of 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan.

The latest in a series of Paveway guided bombs is ready to see service with the RAF's Tornado fleet following six successful months with the Harrier GR9 on operations in Afghanistan.

15 Jul 09 - 11 Light Brigade will replace 19 Light Brigade in October 2009 as the lead formation of UK forces in Afghanistan the Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth announced.

14 Jul 09 - The eight British soldiers who were killed in a 24 hour period in Afghanistan last week were repatriated to the UK.

The RAF Regiment's job in Afghanistan is to protect Kandahar Airfield and the 13,000 international troops based there. They can't win the war, but if they fail to do their job properly they could lose it! Report by Ian Carr.

13 Jul 09 - A soldier from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) has faced Taliban gunfire to help out colleagues in trouble not once but twice in recent months.

The RAF's Joint Movements Unit plays an essential role in Afghanistan making sure that the RAF's giant Hercules and C-17 aircraft receive everything they need to keep Britain's Armed Forces armed, fed and watered properly.

12 Jul 09 - Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that Britain's security depends on helping the Afghanistan and Pakistan Governments to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taleban.

10 Jul 09 - It is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence confirms that Corporal Jonathan Horne, Rifleman William Aldridge, Rifleman James Backhouse, Rifleman Joseph Murphy and Rifleman Daniel Simpson, from The 2nd Battalion The Rifles, were killed in action near Forward Operating Base Wishtan, Sangin.

It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Corporal Lee Scott of The 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, who was killed in Afghanistan.

While serving on the front line in Afghanistan, a group of female personnel has broken a Guinness World Record and all in the name of charity.

9 Jul 09 - It is with deep regret that the MOD has confirmed the death of Private John Brackpool of Prince of Wales' Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, in Afghanistan.

It is with deep regret that the MOD confirms the death of Rifleman Daniel Hume of The 4th Battalion The Rifles, who was killed in Afghanistan.

As the British-led Operation Panther's Claw and US-led Operation River Liberty continue across Helmand the Commanders of British, American and Afghan Forces have joined the Provincial Governor to promise the people of Afghanistan that they would prevail against the insurgents.

8 Jul 09 - Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has given a speech explaining why the British Armed Forces are on operations in Afghanistan.

Danish medics have been taking advantage of British military medical expertise and training facilities as they prepare to take over the running of the Camp Bastion field hospital in Afghanistan.

7 Jul 09 - It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm that Trooper Christopher Whiteside, of The Light Dragoons, was killed in Afghanistan.

6 Jul 09 - It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Captain Ben Babington-Browne from 22 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

As elections in Afghanistan approach, thousands of British, American and Afghan soldiers are conducting a joint operation to clear the Taliban from an area north of Lashkar Gah and extend security to the area.

5 Jul 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal Dane Elson from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards was killed in Afghanistan.

4 Jul 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal David Dennis from The Light Dragoons and Private Robert Laws from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment were killed in Afghanistan.

1 Jul 09 - It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence can confirm that Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe MBE, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, and Trooper Joshua Hammond of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment were killed in Afghanistan.

20 new members of the Afghan National Police who have taken up posts in Sangin will receive continued training and mentoring from soldiers of 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

After an operational deployment to Afghanistan lasting five years, the Joint Force Harrier's last remaining squadron returned to their home base at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland.

30 Jun 09 - Members of 3 Commando Brigade, recently back from fighting in Afghanistan, paraded through central London and were then welcomed at a prestigious parliamentary reception at Westminster Palace.

29 Jun 09 - Two innovative drinking systems to decontaminate water in the most remote areas of the world are being trialled by British troops in Afghanistan for use on operations.

A specialist team of Royal Engineers are helping deliver reconstruction projects worth over six million dollars in Afghanistan including the construction and refurbishment of nine health clinics, twelve schools, six mosques and twelve roads.

26 Jun 09 - After five years of continuous operational flying in Afghanistan the RAF and Royal Naval pilots from the Joint Force Harrier formation are on their way home.

25 Jun 09 - The Provincial Reconstruction Team based at Lashkar Gah is made up of British civilian and military personnel. Two of its members believe that progress in areas such as governance, rule of law, agricultural programmes and education is taking place in Helmand. Report by Ian Carr.

23 Jun 09 - More than 350 soldiers from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, have launched an airborne assault into one of the last Taliban strongholds.

22 Jun 09 - A shipment of upgraded quad bikes are bound for the front line in Afghanistan to boost troops' ability to deliver vital combat supplies to Service personnel on the ground.

21 Jun 09 - Tri-Service Headquarters staff of the Joint Force Support deployed to Afghanistan recently where they will be ensuring that troops on the front line have all the support they need to do their job.

19 Jun 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Major Sean Birchall, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, was killed in Afghanistan.

17 Jun 09 - 1310 Flight Royal Air Force Chinooks of Joint Helicopter Command (Afghanistan) are providing essential support for International Security Assistance Force operations in Helmand Province and across Afghanistan.

16 Jun 09 - British forces in Afghanistan will take the lead in developing a new Combined Arms Training School which will provide training courses for the Afghan National Army, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has announced.

13 Jun 09 - Personnel from the Armoured Support Group Royal Marines, who operate the Viking all-terrain vehicle, returned from their most recent six-month deployment to Afghanistan to RAF Brize Norton.

12 Jun 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lieutenant Paul Mervis from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed as a result of an explosion during a deliberate operation near Sangin, northern Helmand province, Afghanistan.

11 Jun 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Private Robert McLaren from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in Afghanistan.

10 Jun 09 - Scottish soldiers have found a large quantity of Taliban weapons and drugs in an arduous six-day operation which saw them coming under sustained enemy attack for several hours.

A soldier from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards has survived a bullet in the back during a recent operation in Afghanistan, thanks to his Osprey body armour.

8 Jun 09 - Scots and Afghan troops have destroyed a major Taliban drug centre in a series of night raids in Helmand.

With training from British gunners, the Afghan National Army's Artillery Company have been developing their basic skills and now their British mentors are aiming to have the Afghan unit firing in support of operations before the summer is out.

Afghan journalists in Lashkar Gah, trained by a programme funded by the UK's Provincial Reconstruction Team, are proving that Afghanistan is developing a vibrant press. Their attitude to the British Army further illustrates just how good the training has been. Report by Ian Carr.

3 Jun 09 - Since their arrival at Patrol Base Argyll in central Helmand province, The Prince of Wales's Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, have been undertaking daily patrols with their Afghan National Army colleagues.

2 Jun 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Rifleman Cyrus Thatcher from 2nd Battalion The Rifles was killed in Afghanistan.

British and Afghan soldiers have dislodged the Taliban from a village in northern Helmand during a three-day operation this weekend which has allowed local villagers to return to their homes and livelihoods.

1 Jun 09 - One of the most dangerous Taliban leaders in Helmand, believed to be behind suicide attacks that have killed British and Afghan troops, was killed during a planned UK Apache helicopter strike.

A school, a health clinic and government buildings have been opened by the first Afghan central government minister to travel to Sangin during a visit that 2nd Battalion The Rifles helped provide security for.

30 May 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce that Lance Corporal Nigel Moffett from The Light Dragoons and Corporal Stephen Bolger from The Parachute Regiment were killed in Afghanistan.

28 May 09 - It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal Kieron Hill from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) was killed in Afghanistan.

A British soldier has been honoured by the United States Marine Corps for his work in sorting, searching and clearing Camp Bastion's entry control point of nearly 200 vehicles per day.

27 May 09 - It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm that Lance Corporal Robert Martin Richards from Armoured Support Group Royal Marines died in Selly Oak Hospital from wounds sustained in Helmand five days previously.

An 18-year-old soldier from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has found a haul of Taliban weapons on his second patrol in Afghanistan.

26 May 09 - A Territorial Army officer who has been involved with training 1,000 Afghan soldiers is enjoying his work so much that he has twice volunteered to stay on in Afghanistan.

23 May 09 - It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Sapper Jordan Rossi of 25 Field Squadron, 38 Engineer Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan.

22 May 09 - It is with regret that the Ministry Of Defence must confirm that Fusilier Petero 'Pat' Suesue of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed in Afghanistan.

An MOD policeman with 20 years previous experience working with West Yorkshire Police is currently deployed to Helmand where he is mentoring the Afghan National Police Force.

For her first operational deployment, Army nurse Corporal Sandra Jordan has travelled to Helmand province where she is a working as a Ward Nurse in the Camp Bastion Hospital.

21 May 09 - An infantry soldier recently found himself digging for 20 minutes with a paint brush to uncover a Taliban bomb buried on a dusty road in Helmand.

20 May 09 - Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Rifles are working to build a new primary healthcare centre at UK Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin, northern Helmand.

19 May 09 - After running sorties around the clock during their four-month deployment to Afghanistan, 130 personnel from an Apache Attack Helicopter Squadron returned home to their East Anglian base last week.

18 May 09 - In preparation for the 10,000 US troops arriving in Helmand over the next month the Commander of the UK Task Force Helmand met his incoming US Marine counterpart.

15 May 09 - A Fusilier has become the British Army's youngest soldier in Afghanistan after deploying a few days after his 18th birthday. 

14 May 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Marine Jason Mackie of Armoured Support Group Royal Marines was killed in Afghanistan.

12 May 09 - It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm the death of Lieutenant Mark Lawrence Evison from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards who was shot in Afghanistan on 9 May 2009 and later died of his wounds in Selly Oak Hospital.

11 May 09 - The fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan has stepped up a gear after Operation ZAFAR successfully forced a retreat of Taliban fighters from several villages near Lashkar Gah.

7 May 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the deaths of Sergeant Ben Ross, 173 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment, Royal Military Police, and Corporal Kumar Pun, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, who were killed as a result of a suicide improvised explosive device during a patrol in Gereshk, Helmand province.

It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm the death of Corporal Sean Binnie from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, in southern Afghanistan.

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Rifleman Adrian Sheldon of 2nd Battalion The Rifles.

Troops in Afghanistan have been out on the streets of the once dangerous town of Sangin - this time armed with crayons, pencils and sheets of paper.

To mark the end of a seven-month tour in southern Afghanistan, 600 Royal Marines from 42 Commando marched through Plymouth city centre in front of an audience of hundreds and the city's mayor.

6 May 09 - A battalion of Belfast-based soldiers are regularly running a deadly gauntlet over hostile terrain to deliver vital supplies to British Army outposts in southern Afghanistan.

Over 330 troops from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards have returned to their base in Germany following a six-month deployment to Afghanistan as part of 3 Commando Brigade where they carried out a variety of front line tasks across Helmand province.

5 May 09 - With the help of Royal Artillery soldiers the Afghan Army has taken another step towards fighting the Taliban on its own two feet; by bringing out the big guns.

30 Apr 09 - More than 30 soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment gathered to remember the three members of their unit who were killed during their last deployment to Afghanistan.

29 Apr 09 - The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has announced that the number of British troops in Afghanistan will increase to 9,000 for the duration of the Afghan elections this summer.

A female soldier from the Royal Military Police, Lance Corporal Amy Thomas, has spent the last six months serving alongside Royal Marines at the forefront of operations in Helmand province.

RAF airmen and women who have served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have been honoured with a prestigious reception at the Houses of Parliament. Report by Neale Adams.

28 Apr 09 - It is with deep regret that the MOD must confirm that Lance Sergeant Tobie Fasfous from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards was killed in Afghanistan.

27 Apr 09 - Visiting British troops in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that the safety of people on the streets of Britain is safeguarded by action that is being taken in Helmand province.

Defence Secretary John Hutton gave a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research in which he spoke about the role of defence in Britain's national security.

25 Apr 09 - Soldiers from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, have completed their first major operation since taking over in Afghanistan as the Regional Battle Group (South).

A group of British Army chefs and Sri Lankan civilians have served up a hot and spicy menu for some 4,000 troops in southern Afghanistan to raise money for charity.

24 Apr 09 - The last of the 800 marines of 45 Commando who have been in Afghanistan for the last six months on a challenging and costly deployment returned to Scotland.

23 Apr 09 - The headquarters staff of 11 Light Brigade, who will be taking command of Task Force Helmand in October 2009, have been undergoing rigorous training for their deployment at a new Command and Control Battle Lab.

Being deployed to Afghanistan has not stopped Fusiliers maintaining their 40-year tradition of wearing red and white roses behind their cap badge on St George's Day.

22 Apr 09 - A Royal Navy medical assistant has been recognised for her work in training Afghan nurses so that they can help run a new ambulance service for Helmand province's main hospital.

21 Apr 09 - Men and women who made up the largest deployment of the Royal Naval Medical Services since the Falklands War returned to the UK from Afghanistan.

A British soldier deployed to Afghanistan has become the talk of his local town after he started sending regular letters back to his local pub describing daily life on the front line.

19 Apr 09 - Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles arrived in the UK after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in which they were often in the thick of the conflict.

18 Apr 09 - 2nd Battalion The Rifles have taken over from 45 Commando Royal Marines in Afghanistan as the Battle Group (North), based around the strategically important town of Sangin.

17 Apr 09 - A seasoned Royal Logistic Corps officer has emerged as one of Britain's newest literary talents following a trawl by the Sunday Times Magazine to find the war poets of our time. Report by Ian Carr.

16 Apr 09 - Royal Marines and soldiers from 42 Commando Group, based at Bickleigh, Devon, returned home via Exeter Airport following the end of their seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

British Civil Military Co-operation teams are scattered across Helmand province where their female and reservist members with specialist skills are trying to gain the trust of local Afghans. Ian Carr reports from Lashkar Gah.

15 Apr 09 - An RAF Sergeant has left his usual haunt of local amateur dramatic productions for the theatre of operations in Afghanistan where he is helping to win the hearts and minds of the local population.

12 Apr 09 - Service personnel from 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines returned home to the UK from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, led by their Commander, Brigadier Gordon Messenger.

11 Apr 09 - The Scottish troops who have taken over the reins of Regional Battle Group (South), based in Kandahar, Afghanistan, have hit the Taliban within the first days of their arrival.

10 Apr 09 - A new brigade has taken over command of Task Force Helmand in southern Afghanistan. 19 Light Brigade started a six-month tour replacing 3 Commando Brigade.

A Territorial Army soldier has survived a shot from a Taliban sniper which went through his combat helmet, straight through the forehead pad and out the other side!

9 Apr 09 - The British Military Stabilisation Support Team for Garmsir has been working to help build the capacity of the local authorities and aid reconstruction of Garmsir, in southern Helmand Province.

A fleet of brand new all-terrain vehicles has been ordered by the Ministry of Defence to move vital equipment to troops on the front line in Afghanistan.

8 Apr 09 - A unique unit of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines who have spent the last six months in Helmand with the role of winning the information battle have begun returning home.

A new breed of vehicle, the Wolfhound, which will give troops increased protection as they support missions in high threat areas, is now on order following the signing of a £90m contract.

Just before Easter, a group of injured Service personnel spread their wings and took to the sky over Wiltshire as part of their rehabilitation programme.

6 Apr 09 - British soldiers have been helping teach their Afghan Army counterparts English while at the same time developing their own Pashtu and Dari language skills to help improve understanding and the quality of training.

Soldiers from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery arrived back in the UK after a six month deployment which saw the Regiment's troops operating at almost every location that British troops are stationed in Helmand province.

To commemorate the famous battle at the Spanish fortress of Badajoz where one officer's remarkable courage led to victory, soldiers of the Second Battalion, the Mercian Regiment have raised a traditional officer's jacket alongside the Union Jack in Afghanistan.

5 Apr 09 - Work has started on a fleet of over 200 new 'go anywhere' vehicles which will greatly improve the protection of British troops in Afghanistan.

2 Apr 09 - Soldiers from the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and 1st Battalion The Rifles have been working in Helmand to develop and train a new unit of the Afghan National Army in specialist skills.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles returned to the UK after a tough six-month deployment to Helmand which saw them working from remote and austere bases mentoring the Afghan National Army.

1 Apr 09 - Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles have been helping their Afghan National Army counterparts with a new initiative to help defeat the insurgency in Helmand province - improving education for Afghan children.

30 Mar 09 - A 105mm L118 Light Gun is being used by British Gunners to such devastating effect against the Taliban that they have dubbed it the 'Dragon'.

27 Mar 09 - British combat medics based in Sangin District Centre have spent their six-month deployment in Helmand treating coalition and Afghan forces as well as providing life-saving treatment to hundreds of civilians from the local area.

A former Royal Air Force corporal's dying wish for an Army sniffer dog to get a Christmas present finally came true this week thanks to the help of charity 'uk4u Thanks!'.

26 Mar 09 - For the last six months, eight members of the RAF Police have been deployed to Afghanistan with the mission to train, mentor, shape and influence the Afghan National Police in order to create a secure environment.

British, Danish and Afghan troops took the Taliban totally by surprise last week in a daring operation launched into the heart of the enemy stronghold of Marjah in central Helmand.

25 Mar 09 - "Subjected to a maelstrom of fire from machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades", British and Afghan troops have successfully attacked various Taliban strongholds in the area known as the Snake's Belly on the River Helmand.

24 Mar 09 - During a recent routine search operation deep into enemy territory Royal Marines discovered a stash of deadly Taliban weapons and improvised explosive devices ready for use against British and Afghan troops.

After their deployment to Afghanistan, Royal Marine Commandos from the Commando Logistic Regiment have begun their return to the UK.

20 Mar 09 - Over 110 Army Commando Engineers have returned home to Devon after a demanding six-month tour in Helmand supporting Coalition and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan.

Over 500 Marines and Afghan National Army soldiers have completed a gruelling month-long operation using helicopter insertions, long desert marches and vehicle patrols throughout the 'Fish Hook' area of the southern Helmand Valley.

Sending Mother's Day wishes this Sunday should be easier than ever for British troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq with the range of welfare communications technology now available.

19 Mar 09 - A new bridge built by British engineers at an important crossing point over the main canal in Garmsir, southern Helmand province, has been opened by Lieutenant General Peter Wall, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Operations).

Barack Obama has said US troops will surge in Afghanistan. That will have a profound impact on British operations in Helmand - not least at Camp Bastion. Report by Ian Carr.

17 Mar 09 - After having received instruction from a Royal Engineer Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, members of the Afghan Security Forces recently delivered explosive hazard awareness training to over 500 local Afghans in Nad 'Ali.

16 Mar 09 - The first batch of the new Ridgback protected vehicles are currently being tested by the Army, and are expected to be going to work in Afghanistan later this year.

15 Mar 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Corporal Graeme Stiff and Corporal Dean John of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Helmand province.

14 Mar 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Lance Corporal Christopher Harkett of 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh who was killed in Afghanistan.

13 Mar 09 - A joint British and Danish Military Stabilisation Support Team has been working in Helmand province's Upper Gereshk Valley to help bring much needed reconstruction and development for the local Afghan people.

12 Mar 09 - A ten-man team of British bomb disposal experts braved Taliban fire recently to make safe a potentially deadly roadside bomb and keep other troops and Afghan civilians safe.

11 Mar 09 - RAF ground crews battled around the clock during the adverse weather conditions that the UK faced in February to keep the airbridge to Afghanistan and Iraq open. Report by Neale Adams.

10 Mar 09 - For the first time ever, three soldiers from the same regiment have been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. The soldiers, all from The Royal Irish Regiment were recognised in the latest Operational Honours List for their bravery against the enemy in Afghanistan. Report by Sharon Kean.

6 Mar 09 - The first Bar to the George Medal to be awarded in 26 years is among a catalogue of prestigious honours given to brave British Armed Forces personnel.

3 Mar 09 - Over 300 Afghan National Police officers have successfully completed a vital training programme devised by a joint partnership to expand their ability to provide security in Helmand province.

The third of March is a significant date for the members of 148 (Meiktila) Commando Forward Observation Battery Royal Artillery. It was the date of the Burmese Battle of Meiktila in 1945, their greatest battle honour, and also the date in 2007 that two of their number were killed in Afghanistan.

2 Mar 09 - Nearly 3,000 soldiers from 19 Light Brigade, based in Northern Ireland, started deploying to Helmand province, Afghanistan, for a six-month tour.

A new exhibition at the National War Museum in Edinburgh features photographs of Scotland-based 52 Infantry Brigade's six-month deployment to Helmand over the winter of 2007-2008.

27 Feb 09 - Members of No 1 Squadron RAF Regiment who have been defending Kandahar Airfield, its aircraft and the thousands of Coalition Forces personnel operating there, have been awarded their International Security Assistance Force medals.

26 Feb 09 - Defence Secretary John Hutton has made a full statement to the House of Commons on the detention and transfer of persons captured by UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

25 Feb 09 - It is with deepest regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Corporal Tom Gaden, Lance Corporal Paul Upton and Rifleman Jamie Gunn all of 1st Battalion The Rifles Regiment, in southern Afghanistan.

Marine Michael 'Mick' Laski of Signals Detachment, Yankee Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines, passed away peacefully at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham with his family beside him.

Members of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) have recently assisted the Afghan National Army and Police in destroying nearly 70 items of dangerous, unexploded munitions in a series of controlled explosions.

Members of the RAF'S 201 Squadron, who operate the Nimrod MR2 aircraft, have recently been presented with Operational Service Medals for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

24 Feb 09 - Two Helmand hospitals have reopened following refurbishment by Afghan contractors and International Security Assistance Force engineers in projects overseen by British Military Stabilisation Support Teams.

Royal Naval Padre Nigel Beardsley is one of 12 Armed Forces Chaplains serving in Afghanistan with Task Force Helmand, providing comfort and support to the Service personnel who are helping to stabilise the country.

19 Feb 09 - Speaking to the BBC ahead of a meeting between NATO Defence Ministers in Poland today, Defence Secretary John Hutton said that some European countries ought to be contributing more to efforts in Afghanistan.

Providing protection to British and Afghan troops in Helmand and Kandahar provinces by delivering fire from artillery, mortars, guided rockets, attack helicopters and fast jets is 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

Elements of 101 Military Working Dog Support Unit will be deploying to Afghanistan in April this year as part of 19 Light Brigade. The unit recently showed off their dogs on a snowy Salisbury Plain.

17 Feb 09 - Using his specialist skills as an Armourer, Royal Marine Sergeant Marcus Smith is currently serving in Afghanistan to ensure that the weapons systems used by British Forces are second-to-none.

16 Feb 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lance Corporal Stephen Kingscott of 1st Battalion The Rifles in Afghanistan.

14 Feb 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of Marine Darren Smith of 45 Commando Royal Marines on operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

13 Feb 09 - Royal Artillery soldiers based in Afghanistan are using Valentine's Day to show hundreds of people, instead of the traditional one person, how much they care by taking part in an unusual marathon to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund.

12 Feb 09 - Soldiers of 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles have been helping provide Afghan National Police recruits with the basic skills they will need to provide effective security in their country.

11 Feb 09 - Waves of helicopter-borne troops caught the Taliban by surprise in a meticulously planned assault which has struck severely at the narcotics industry in Helmand which helps finance the Taliban's insurgency.

10 Feb 09 - The RAF's fifth and final Sentinel R1 ASTOR aircraft has recently returned from successful trials in Afghanistan where it was used to gather information about enemy activity.

The ration packs which have sustained British troops on operations since the Cold War have been given a much needed and timely update to ensure that today's soldier is getting the nutrients and vitamins that he or she needs. Report by Leigh Morrison.

9 Feb 09 - A home from home has been set up by the SSAFA Forces Help charity for injured troops undergoing painstaking rehabilitation to enjoy some semblance of normality. Report by Cliff Caswell.

6 Feb 09 - In preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan more than 2,000 soldiers have been facing the harsh elements of the British weather this week as they complete the final stages of their training. Report by Leigh Morrison.

5 Feb 09 - General David Petraeus, Commander of the US Central Command, thanked the UK for its military and non-military contribution to progress that has been made in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The death of a Taliban commander has been reported after a raid by Royal Marines saw the successful destruction of his command and communications base north of the Kajaki Dam.

A student in Disaster Management with ambitions to work full-time in post-conflict reconstruction, Territorial Army Captain Rachael Davies is currently deployed to Afghanistan where she is contributing to the stabilisation of the country.

4 Feb 09 - Jamie, an English springer spaniel, has been sniffing around Afghanistan for the last three years. He is now teaching his new handler a thing or two about finding explosives and weapons.

Royal Naval Reservist Leading Hand Richard Byrne is currently deployed to Afghanistan where he is putting his expertise in agricultural development to work for Helmand's farmers.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Gurkha Rifles, visited the Rear Party of the Regiment's 2nd Battalion and family members of those currently serving in Afghanistan.

3 Feb 09 - A Senior Lecturer in agricultural development in his day job, a Royal Naval Reservist currently deployed to Helmand is advising Military Stabilisation Teams on what crops can be grown, which agricultural methods to use and how to improve agricultural skills amongst Helmand's farmers.

2 Feb 09 - The remarkable work of a small team of military and civilian personnel at Birmingham Research Park, near the city's Selly Oak hospital, is key to the maintenance of British military expeditionary operations. Report by Lt Cdr Susie Thomson.

30 Jan 09 - It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Daniel 'Danny' Nield from 1st Battalion, The Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan.

29 Jan 09 - Storming from the back of a RAF Chinook helicopter, Royal Marines from 42 Commando Group have raided a Taliban compound in Kandahar province where they discovered a potentially lethal stash of weapons.

28 Jan 09 - The life expectancy of the average Afghan woman is 44 years, the lowest in the world. British personnel from the UK's Stabilisation Unit, which is part MOD-owned, have been working with the Afghan Government to help implement a National Action Plan for Women.

27 Jan 09 - RAF Hercules aircraft are playing an important role in restoring law and order and combating insurgents in Afghanistan by taking the Afghan National Police where they need to go.

Territorial Army soldier Jack Lopresti has undertaken several force protection roles since arriving in Helmand province but it was his first day with the Medical Emergency Response Team where he saw the biggest sacrifices and acts of heroism being carried out in southern Afghanistan.

26 Jan 09 - Royal Marines and Afghan National Army troops launched an operation in enemy territory last week resulting in the capture of a Taliban command post, a suspected IED factory and a huge haul of weapons.

25 Jan 09 - A traditional Burns supper was held by troops from 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines in Lashkar Gah to toast the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Ploughman Poet, Rabbie Burns.

22 Jan 09 - Defence Secretary John Hutton visited the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province in Afghanistan this week, where UK forces successfully drove hundreds of Taliban fighters out in a massive Christmas operation.

20 Jan 09 - Decades of conflict in Helmand has placed significant strain on basic health services. The UK-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand, comprising of military and civilian personnel, has therefore helped plan and implement a Health Support Programme throughout the province over the last year.

19 Jan 09 - British troops have helped the Afghan National Army conduct an operation in Taliban-controlled territory north of Lashkar Gah which has inflicted heavy losses on the insurgents.

17 Jan 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Acting Corporal Richard 'Robbo' Robinson, from 1st Battalion The Rifles, was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

16 Jan 09 - The Ministry of Defence has today confirmed that an investigation is underway into a suspected friendly fire incident in Helmand province on Wednesday 14 January 2009.

15 Jan 09 - The equipment used by British soldiers on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is as good as anything found in the American arsenal, according to a group of US Army Command Sergeant Majors.

14 Jan 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Captain Tom Herbert John Sawyer Royal Artillery and Corporal Danny Winter Royal Marines were killed in Afghanistan.

13 Jan 09 - Quentin Davies, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, has visited British Forces in Afghanistan and heard first-hand views from those on the front line on the quality and availability of equipment on operations.

Members of the Military Provost Staff, normally based in Colchester, have been presented with medals for their work in running detention facilities in Afghanistan and Iraq.

11 Jan 09 - It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Marine Travis Mackin was killed in the Kajaki area of Afghanistan's Helmand province.

9 Jan 09 - Following a night-time helicopter and ground assault conducted by British, Afghan and Canadian troops, a huge haul of lethal weapons and bomb-making equipment has been recovered from a Taliban stronghold near Kandahar.

93 per cent of the heroin that reaches Britain comes from Afghanistan. Helping to address the problem at its source is Chief Inspector Rob Rogers from the Ministry of Defence Police who is currently in Afghanistan mentoring an elite force of Afghan Counter Narcotics Police.

7 Jan 09 - Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles have been helping the Afghan Security Forces ensure that 3,200 tonnes of wheat seed have reached thousands of farmers across Helmand province.

Paratroopers recently returned from Afghanistan paid their respects to fallen comrades in London after having visited Number 10 Downing Street where they met the Prime Minister for tea.

6 Jan 09 - This year's New Year's Honours list, which saw over 120 members of the UK's Armed Forces granted State honours by The Queen, has recognised in particular the work of the Defence Medical Services, whose members received a number of awards.

The newest RAF helicopter simulator, which helps train specialist medical personnel for front line operations, is so realistic it even recreates the heat of Afghanistan, as Defence Minister Kevan Jones discovered in Wiltshire.

5 Jan 09 - A massive British led operation in Afghanistan has seen 1,500 troops involved in two weeks of fierce fighting in rain and mud to successfully secure a large area of Central Helmand province previously under Taliban influence.

1 Jan 09 - It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Serjeant Chris Reed of 6th Battalion The Rifles in Afghanistan.

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