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Factsheet

Operations in Afghanistan: Chronology of Events May - December 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.

26 Dec 10 - British troops in Afghanistan may be thousands of miles away this Christmas but they have not gone without their traditional Christmas dinner.

24 Dec 10 - Warrant Officer Class 2 Charles Henry Wood, 23 Pioneer Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, serving with the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, was caught in the blast from an improvised explosive device and killed whilst leading the clearance of a route through the Khushdal Kalay area of the Helmand River Valley, in Afghanistan, to increase the freedom of movement and safety of the local population.

The Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall, has paid a pre-Christmas visit to British troops serving in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

While many families will be enjoying spending time together at home on Christmas Day, two pairs of brothers will be spending the day together serving in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Irish Guards are not known as amateur thespians but, in the festive spirit, put on a nativity performance with a military twist at their camp in Helmand Province this week.

Members of the Royal Air Force currently serving in Afghanistan have donned their santa suits to recreate the annual British Heart Foundation Cardiff Santa Jog.

21 Dec 10 - Corporal Steven Thomas Dunn from 216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron, attached to 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment Battlegroup, was killed when the Jackal vehicle he was travelling in the Bowri desert, Afghanistan, hit an improvised explosive device.

A British soldier who recently encountered a Taliban gunman using a child as a shield took a split-second decision to get shot himself rather than risking the child's life.

A company from 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh, partnered by Afghan National Security Forces, will temporarily extend its current security activity on a stretch of Highway One, further east, into Kandahar province.

20 Dec 10 - A joint rapid response effort has seen British and Afghan forces work in partnership to drive out Taliban insurgents in a decisive and telling public show of force.

17 Dec 10 - 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines will replace 16 Air Assault Brigade in April 2011 as the lead formation of British troops in Helmand province, Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has announced.

Greater pelvic protection for troops in Afghanistan has been introduced to help mitigate the effects of IED blasts, the MOD has announced.

15 Dec 10 - Soldiers from 2 SCOTS have found and neutralised a Taliban facility for producing deadly improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

British soldiers and their partners in the Afghan National Army have delivered winter coats, wellington boots and hats to Afghan children in a settlement recently controlled by the Taliban.

14 Dec 10 - The medical capabilities of Afghan National Army soldiers working at a base in Nad 'Ali, Helmand province, are being boosted by British and Afghan soldiers working in partnership.

British and Afghan soldiers have made a significant advance deep into the Taliban's Helmand heartland, driving out insurgents and establishing government control.

13 Dec 10 - Afghan National Army engineers are improving their counter-improvised explosive device abilities with the help of training from British Army experts.

Fifty-five Tongan troops, the first contingent from the Tongan Defence Services to complete intensive pre-deployment training with the RAF Regiment at RAF Honington in Suffolk, are now ready to deploy to Afghanistan.

10 Dec 10 - In a recent update on progress in Afghanistan, Major General John Lorimer has underlined the recent advances achieved by the Afghan National Army and the development of their independent capabilities.

9 Dec 10 - British troops have recently brought power and clean water to the neighbourhoods around their base in Kabul as well as expanding schools and providing sporting facilities.

The British Army's Hermes 450 unmanned air vehicles have achieved the outstanding milestone of providing over 30,000 hours of support to UK forces on current operations in Afghanistan.

8 Dec 10 - 857 Naval Air Squadron has handed over responsibility for Sea King airborne surveillance and control duties in Helmand province, Afghanistan, to 854 Naval Air Squadron.

Afghan National Police have celebrated the opening of a new police station in Helmand province which will afford much greater protection to those who live on and use a key road.

7 Dec 10 - Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a package of measures to provide a significant boost to the military campaign in Afghanistan during his latest visit to the country.

Afghan troops, trained and mentored by British troops, have taken the lead in clearing insurgents from the rugged area of Shin Kalay, in Helmand province, in an overnight air assault operation.

Soldiers or 'Tankies' from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment currently delivering security in Afghanistan have traded in their old Viking vehicles and upgraded to the mighty Warthog.

6 Dec 10 - The Prince of Wales has laid a wreath on behalf of the nation at a remembrance service at York Minster as 4th Mechanized Brigade honoured the 72 Service personnel who died on recent deployments to Afghanistan.

Brigadier Richard Felton, the Commanding Officer of 4th Mechanized Brigade, has written the following reflections on his time in charge of Task Force Helmand from April to October 2010.

Children in a settlement just south of Nad 'Ali in Helmand province are receiving education for the first time in more than three years after British troops facilitated the refurbishment of a derelict school.

Troops on the front line will be able to talk to friends and family for longer this Christmas with extra free phone minutes and a reduction in call prices.

5 Dec 10 - Private John Howard, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment was serving with 16 Air Assault Brigade's Reconnaissance Force on a patrol ten kilometres south west of the provincial capital of Helmand province, Laskah Gah, when he was fatally wounded during an action conducted against insurgents operating in that area.

The UK and Afghan partnered training institution for the Afghan National Police, the Helmand Police Training Centre, celebrated its first birthday.

3 Dec 10 - The Band of The Parachute Regiment is heading out to Afghanistan for a morale-boosting tour over the Christmas and New Year period.

2 Dec 10 - The response by the Afghan National Police to an explosion in Lashkar Gah market place has shown their increasing capabilities, according to the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, who have been working closely with them.

Ursula Brennan, the new Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, and General Sir David Richards, the new Chief of the Defence Staff, have visited civil servants and military personnel serving in Afghanistan.

1 Dec 10 - Soldiers from 2 SCOTS have been working with members of the Afghan National Police to successfully clear an insurgent stronghold in the rural area of Loy Adera in Helmand province.

The uk4u Thanks! 2010 Christmas Box campaign was launched at St John's Wood Barracks in London, home of the famous King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

The RAF Merlin Helicopter Force has reached its first anniversary of operations in Afghanistan.

30 Nov 10 - MOD Police and British soldiers have successfully run their first joint exercise to develop the command and control capacity of the Afghan National Police provincial headquarters in Helmand.

After three decades of war and violence, the quality of life for inhabitants in parts of Kabul is slowly improving thanks in part to the efforts of a small group of British soldiers based in the capital. Report by Captain Matthew Johns.

The first contingent of troops from the Tonga Defence Services who will soon join the RAF Regiment in Afghanistan are reaching the end of intensive pre-deployment training at RAF Honington in Suffolk.

29 Nov 10 - British soldiers and their partners in the Afghan National Police have re-established government control in an area of Helmand province previously under heavy Taliban influence following an operation which began with a helicopter insertion.

What has been described as the most significant operation conducted yet by the Afghan National Army in Helmand has now concluded, driving a wedge through the heart of Taliban operations in Gereshk.

26 Nov 10 - Emulating their sporting heroes currently locked in a cricketing battle to win the real Ashes series in Australia, British and Australian soldiers have been fighting over the 'Afghan Ashes' in Helmand with no less intensity.

25 Nov 10 - A unique surgical training course which prepares surgical teams for deployment to conflict zones has won the top prize at this year's Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards.

An Afghan National Army bomb disposal team, trained by British forces, has put its skills into practice for the first time, safely disposing of two deadly improvised explosive devices in Helmand province.

A senior officer in the Afghan National Army has thanked Territorial Army soldiers from The London Regiment for their role in training and mentoring members of the Afghan National Army.

24 Nov 10 - Hundreds of Afghan farmers from the Nahidullah area of Helmand province have taken advantage of a British-supported scheme to distribute wheat seed and fertiliser, as an alternative to growing poppy.

23 Nov 10 - The next generation of Afghan policemen are beginning their new careers, having completed their British-led training and graduated.

The tri-Service Military Stabilisation Support Group has been awarded the prestigious Firmin Sword of Peace in recognition of the unit's humanitarian work in Afghanistan.

22 Nov 10 - British and Afghan troops have recently conducted a ruthless operation to clear insurgents and re-establish government control in the village of Zarghun Kalay and its environs, in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province.

Two recent graduates from the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury have arrived in Afghanistan to start their two-month embed with their Afghan counterparts.

20 Nov 10 - Prime Minister David Cameron has said the withdrawal of British combat troops from Afghanistan by 2015 was a 'firm deadline' that would be met.

Members of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment have taken a short break from operations in Afghanistan to celebrate their main battle honour - Cambrai, and the first use of tanks en masse.

19 Nov 10 - Celebrations for this week's Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha at the military base in Kandahar were led by the Imam to the British Armed Forces.

Thousands of Afghans flocked to the city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province for one of the biggest musical events Afghanistan has ever seen.

18 Nov 10 - Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, known as the 'Lions of England', were given a rousing welcome during a parade at their home base in Episkopi, Cyprus.

17 Nov 10 - Guardsman Christopher Davies, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, serving with Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North), was killed while taking part in a security patrol in Nahr-e-Saraj (North), Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Two brothers are serving together in Afghanistan for the first time, servicing the Apache gunships of 654 Squadron Army Air Corps.

Secretary of State for Defence Dr Liam Fox has welcomed the news that 950 Canadian troops will remain in Afghanistan in a training capacity when their combat mission comes to an end in 2011.

16 Nov 10 - The UK has handed over the command of Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan, which is home to ISAF's Regional Command (South) and 30,000 personnel, to the US this week.

The men and women of Germany-based 8 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps received their campaign medals recently after returning from a challenging deployment in Afghanistan.

Women's football is a growing sport in Afghanistan and the top female players recently played a match with British and other ISAF female troops based in Kabul.

15 Nov 10 - When Captain Joanna Lowe joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps she thought that she would be mainly caring for military working dogs, but she is currently in Afghanistan working with all manner of local livestock.

14 Nov 10 - Ranger Aaron McCormick, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, serving as part of Combined Force Nad 'Ali (South), was killed as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device blast in the southern Nad 'Ali area of Helmand province, Afghanistan

12 Nov 10 - An operation involving co-operation between different branches of the Afghan police and a security agency has reached out to locals and begun the process of driving insurgents out of one part of Helmand province.

In the lead up to Remembrance Sunday the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai has paid tribute to those that have sacrificed their lives in his country in an open letter to the British public.

11 Nov 10 - Royal Engineers have spent the past two months helping Afghan and US forces clear insurgents from a key area of Kandahar province from where they have been launching attacks on the city.

10 Nov 10 - The former top-ranking British General in southern Afghanistan spoke about the progress made in Afghanistan over the course of the past 12 months and some of the problems still to overcome. Report by Sharon Kean.

Logistician Lieutenant Rob Treanor has been in Helmand province for around six weeks. His latest job has seen him help organise a two-mile (3km) convoy across the Helmand desert, which came under Taliban attack, to recover the remaining British vehicles and kit from Sangin.

9 Nov 10 - A Royal Navy helicopter pilot has recently returned from his first three-month deployment to Afghanistan where he flew his Sea King Mk4 helicopter in and around the Green Zone in Helmand province.

8 Nov 10 - New Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards has told the media that we will be in Afghanistan for as long as it takes, although it is entirely practical to be able to meet the 2014-15 timelines for withdrawing combat troops.

The 2nd Battalion of The Parachute Regiment has returned to southern Afghanistan and wasted no time in sitting down with local community leaders, Afghan security forces and reconstruction experts.

The British forces' latest combat helmet has been responsible for saving the lives of three soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment in the last month of operations in Afghanistan.

7 Nov 10 - Senior Aircraftman Scott 'Scotty' Hughes died from injuries sustained in an accident within the Cyprus Sovereign Base Area on 5 November 2010 while returning from operational service in Afghanistan.

5 Nov 10 - A Royal Logistic Corps chef who volunteered to serve in a patrol base in Afghanistan has been awarded the Food Services Warrant Officer Trophy 2010 for his outstanding work.

Gereshk, the economic centre of Afghanistan's Helmand province, is being transformed from an area blighted by rubbish to a clean and tidy town, open for business and ripe for development.

4 Nov 10 - The soldiers from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment have been patrolling Helmand for nearly a month. Although the conditions are hot, dusty and hostile, the Tankies have already served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, so are used to tough environments.

3 Nov 10 - The Governor of Helmand Province, Gulabuddin Mangal, met with Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox and the newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards during a visit from Afghanistan to London.

Gulabuddin Mangal, the governor of Helmand, spoke of the progress he has witnessed in the southern Afghan Province over the last two-and-a-half years.

Soldiers from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment have been working with the Military Stabilisation Support Team in Lashkar Gah to build relationships with locals and help refurbish a school.

2 Nov 10 - The Transfer of Authority took place between the UK and the US in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar.

1 Nov 10 - The 90th Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched in the UK last week, focusing on its support for the injured, wounded and bereaved of Afghanistan. This weekend, the campaign kicked off in theatre.

30 Oct 10 - Sapper William Blanchard, 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), serving with the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, was killed as a result of a gunshot wound suffered whilst he was tasked to a suspect device in the Nahr-e Saraj North area of Helmand Province, Afganistan.

28 Oct 10 - Having completed their final in-country training, soldiers from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment's Falcon Squadron have been out talking with their new neighbours in the Lashkar Gah area this week.

A British soldier, recently deployed to Afghanistan, has escaped serious injury or worse thanks to his Osprey Body Armour.

27 Oct 10 - Foreign Secretary William Hague has delivered the Government's first quarterly report on Afghanistan in which he said steady progress is being made although serious risks and challenges remain.

The role of the RAF Fire Service at Camp Bastion, the main UK base in Helmand province, goes far beyond that which is expected in normal UK operations.

A small team of Royal Naval engineers, who fly out to fix and recover Sea King helicopters that break down outside the confines of Camp Bastion, have arrived in Helmand and are being trained by the infantry.

26 Oct 10 - Cyclops Squadron from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment is now on the ground in Helmand province putting the new Wolfhound and Mastiff vehicles to good use supporting 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment.

25 Oct 10 - As they begin their six-month tour in the Nad 'Ali area of Helmand province, B Company of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment have been building relationships with the local population and their Afghan National Army partners.

A young Afghan girl who was shot by Taliban insurgents as they attacked a British patrol in Helmand has been given lifesaving treatment by soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment.

22 Oct 10 - Camp Bastion is at the heart of British operations in Afghanistan - the logistics hub that keeps operations flowing - and it is RAF force protection that makes sure this vital asset remains secure.

21 Oct 10 - Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox gave an interview to Sky News during which he spoke about operations in Afghanistan and the progress that has been made in Helmand province over recent months.

Over 500 soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment were preparing to leave Merville Barracks in Colchester last week for a six-month tour of Afghanistan.

As a ceremony took place this morning on HMS Victory to mark the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, the most important day in the Royal Navy's calendar, thoughts were spared for the modern day descendants of Trafalgar as they fight new threats in Afghanistan.

20 Oct 10 - Soldiers from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment's Falcon Squadron have arrived at Camp Bastion in Helmand province and are conducting their final training before going out on the ground.

The Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team has refurbished a key base for the Afghan National Police who are being handed more responsibility for security in Helmand from UK and other ISAF troops.

Members of the Afghan National Army in Helmand have launched Operation OMID CHAR, described as their most significant operation yet.

19 Oct 10 - Acting Corporal David Barnsdale, 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), deployed on Op OMID CHAR - operating in an area east of Gereshk, was caught in the blast from an IED and was killed.

Helmand villagers recently told British soldiers who stopped by to hold a shura that a school built by ISAF forces three years ago is now thriving.

Cornwall Council recently recognised the work of personnel from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose who have just returned from serving with coalition forces in Afghanistan at a special reception at the council's headquarters.

18 Oct 10 - The British Army's newest heavyweight protected vehicle, Wolfhound, is now operational in Afghanistan, giving troops increased protection as they support missions in high-threat areas.

15 Oct 10 - Medics in Camp Bastion, along with a few colleagues, have recently completed a gruelling 24-hour stretcher-carry around the base in Afghanistan to raise money for charity.

An ex-Para who was involved in the capture of Goose Green during the Falklands conflict has rejoined the military as a RAF paramedic and has just returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan.

14 Oct 10 - Prime Minister David Cameron met International Security Assistance Force Commander General David Petraeus at 10 Downing Street in London.

The UK is boosting the number of personnel dedicated to developing the Afghan National Security Forces by more than 320, Secretary of State for Defence Dr Liam Fox said.

Volunteer medics from 207 Field Hospital have been conducting their final pre-deployment assessment before they take over the British military hospital at Camp Bastion for the winter period.

13 Oct 10 - Before leaving Afghanistan last week the head of a British team mentoring and partnering an Afghan Army battalion wrote about the frustrations, successes, setbacks and fatigue of developing the Afghans into an independent and self-sufficient infantry unit.

Lindy Cameron, who has recently returned from Afghanistan where she headed up the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team, spoke about recent improved governance and its positive impacts on the Afghan population.

Five teams made up of troops from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Denmark, the UK and the US took part in a football challenge on a dusty pitch in Helmand last week.

12 Oct 10 - After handing over authority for Sangin to their US counterparts last month, the Royal Marines of 40 Commando undertook one final mission to disrupt insurgent activity.

11 Oct 10 - Soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment currently serving in Afghanistan have completed a marathon in Kabul to raise money for a charity in memory of one of their colleagues killed on operations two years ago.

10 Oct 10 - 16 Air Assault Brigade formally took over as the lead formation of Task Force Helmand from 4th Mechanized Brigade.

8 Oct 10 - Sergeant Peter Anthony Rayner, 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was killed in an explosion in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The international mission in Afghanistan has received a welcome addition of troops from the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga.

The latest Afghan Police to be trained at the British-run Helmand Police Training Centre in Lashkar Gah graduated this week.

7 Oct 10 - Progress in Helmand has been steady and significant over the last six months, Brigadier Richard Felton, the outgoing commander of Task Force Helmand said.

6 Oct 10 - Group Captain Guy van den Berg took over as Commander Bastion. This new role sees the command of the main UK joint operating base in Helmand and its airfield combined.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Marc Lovatt has spent the last few months with local villagers in Helmand acting as a liaison between them and the military and finding out their needs and how he can help.

The first Royal Marines from 40 Commando returned home from a six-month deployment to Sangin in Helmand province, considered one of the most dangerous places for foreign troops in Afghanistan.

British forces have created a new Infantry Branch School in the mountainous outskirts of Kabul in partnership with the Afghan National Army.

5 Oct 10 - The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, have taken over responsibility for the Police Development Advisory Training Team in Helmand province.

A bomb disposal expert who continued to disarm bombs with two broken fingers in order to save his stricken comrades in Afghanistan has been awarded the Military Cross for his actions.

4 Oct 10 - A former refugee who fled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan has returned to the country with the UK's Stabilisation Unit to work as a Cultural Affairs Advisor in the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand.

General David Petraeus, commander of all international troops serving in Afghanistan, visited 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in southern Helmand last week.

2 Oct 10 - Rifleman Suraj Gurung from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was killed during a follow-up foot patrol after an attack on his patrol base.

1 Oct 10 - A replica Afghan village has opened at Camp Bastion to provide a training area as part of the Reception, Staging and Onward Integration training phase for troops arriving in Helmand.

Aircraft Engineering Technician Kayleigh Beckley has been in Afghanistan for the last three months helping to maintain the Royal Navy helicopters that transport troops and equipment around Helmand province.

29 Sep 10 - A Ministry of Defence policewoman has been rewarded for what has been described as 'probably one of the hardest challenges within the police reform programme' in Afghanistan.

28 Sep 10 - Lieutenant General Sir Nick Parker, the most senior British officer in Afghanistan, has finished his year-long deployment as Deputy Commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan.

A soldier credited with dealing with more improvised explosive devices than any other British operator in history has been awarded the George Medal for his bravery.

The paths of a father and his son have crossed in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, as one tour ends and another begins.

27 Sep 10 - The Irish Guards have taken over the responsibility of partnering an Afghan National Army brigade from their colleagues in 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland this week.

The Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment has spoken of his immense pride in the role his men have taken in establishing a new Combined Force in northern Nad 'Ali, central Helmand, with international partners.

25 Sep 10 - Corporal Matthew Thomas, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was killed when the vehicle he was driving was struck by an improvised explosive device in the Garmsir district of Helmand province of Afghanistan.

24 Sep 10 - A total of 131 members of the Armed Forces have received honours and awards in the Operational Honours List.

A soldier who selflessly risked his life by throwing back an enemy grenade to save his colleagues, and a High Threat IEDD (improvised explosive device disposal) Operator who neutralised 42 devices in 72 hours, are among a number of brave Service personnel to be recognised for gallantry in the latest Operational Honours and Awards List.

23 Sep 10 - The ISAF mission in Afghanistan is, by its very nature, a multinational, multi-Service one. However, there are few units that embody this international partnership better than the Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan).

A new school which will educate hundreds of Afghan youngsters has been opened in Spina Kota, a village in the Bolan desert five kilometres from Lashkar Gah.

22 Sep 10 - Airmen from RAF Lossiemouth-based No 5 Force Protection Wing played a key role in support of the Afghan National Security Forces to ensure that the 2010 parliamentary elections passed without serious incident in Daman district.

British and American Marines have built on a relationship that goes back many decades to ensure that the handover of control of Sangin goes smoothly and the new American forces can fully capitalise on the gains achieved by British forces.

21 Sep 10 - Before the responsibility for security in Sangin transferred from the UK to the US, Marines from the two nations joined together for some sporting relief in the form of a game of cricket.

20 Sep 10 - ISAF has announced that British forces in southern Afghanistan have handed responsibility for security in Sangin to US forces.

British Lynx crews from the Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan), in partnership with their US colleagues and Afghan pilots from the Afghan Air Force, have been transporting ballot boxes, material and personnel to the town of Musa Qal'ah in support of the Afghan elections.

18 Sep 10 - Sergeant Andrew James Jones, Royal Engineers and Trooper Andrew Martin Howarth of Fondouk Squadron, The Queen's Royal Lancers, were killed in action during a vehicle mounted ground domination patrol in the Bolan district of Lashkar Gah, whilst serving as part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah providing security to the people of Helmand Province.

17 Sep 10 - In a further sign of progress, when the Afghan parliamentary elections get underway tomorrow it will be the Afghan National Police who have the primary responsibility for security around the polling stations country-wide.

15 Sep 10 - Cavalry soldiers from The Royal Dragoon Guards have been protecting British engineers and Afghan contractors as, over recent weeks, they have come under daily attacks while building a new road in Helmand.

10 Sep 10 - Kingsman Darren Deady, from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, as a result of a gunshot wound sustained in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on 23 August 2010.

It's a long way from the murky waters of the Defence Diving School at Horsea Island, but four Royal Navy mine clearance divers have, for the past six months, swapped the sea for the hot, dusty surrounds of Helmand.

9 Sep 10 - The first group of Afghan nurses has passed a new training course as part of a continuing initiative to establish an ambulance service in Lashkar Gah.

6 Sep 10 - A new bridge that will provide a safe crossing over the Chah-e Anjir wadi in Lashkar Gah has been opened by the town's mayor this week after Sappers from 21 Engineer Regiment joined forces with local contractors to rebuild the crossing.

5 Sep 10 - Captain Andrew Griffiths, from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, died from wounds sustained in action by an explosion whilst leading his soldiers on an operation in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on 24 August 2010.

Lance Corporal Joseph McFarlane Pool of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, serving as part of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Helmand province, was killed in action following a rocket-propelled grenade attack during an exchange of fire with insurgents in the Nad 'Ali (North) district of Afghanistan.

3 Sep 10 - While the GR4 Tornados of II (Army Cooperation) Squadron protected the Afghan people and coalition troops, II Squadron RAF Regiment Gunners protected the airfield in Kandahar. Report by Squadron Leader Simon Moore.

New ventilators, which will play a key role in saving the lives of soldiers injured on the front line, have arrived in Afghanistan.

2 Sep 10 - Currently on his first operational deployment to Afghanistan, Marine Shaun Milburn has recently been involved in a fierce firefight with the Taliban when his patrol was ambushed by insurgents in Sangin.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg surprised Private Catherine Graham during his visit to Afghanistan this week when he promoted her to Lance Corporal.

1 Sep 10 - The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has visited UK troops serving in Helmand province as part of a two-day visit to the region.

31 Aug 10 - At the Kabul Military Training Centre, the first stop for recruits to the Afghan National Army, British forces are mentoring the Afghan instructors who are now doing the teaching.

An Army Engineer has graduated from the University of Bath with a Masters degree with distinction in electrical power systems, having completed the final stages of his studies whilst deployed in Afghanistan.

27 Aug 10 - Two brothers who recently fought alongside each other in Afghanistan and helped uncover an IED factory during a fierce firefight are keen to go back to the front line.

26 Aug 10 - Stabilisation and the drive to reduce the cultivation of narcotics, vital to the wider counter-insurgency campaign, are gaining momentum in Helmand province according to an expert recently returned from the region.

As British troops move into the more remote areas of Helmand province, so does the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes' supply of cigarettes and Pot Noodles!

25 Aug 10 - On his first deployment to Afghanistan, Lieutenant Antony Raine is playing a key role in enabling the Afghan security forces to provide long term security and stability in their country themselves.

24 Aug 10 - Civilian and military teams are working together in Afghanistan to bring stable government to the area. In sun-baked Helmand, a quiet revolution has been taking place. Report by Joanna Shayer.

23 Aug 10 - Upgraded Desert Hawks - hand-launched, remote-controlled surveillance aircraft which can record video footage day and night, sending it directly to troops on the ground - arrived in Afghanistan this weekend.

As the 1st Battalion Scots Guards work to keep traffic flowing on the strategically important Route 601 in Helmand, Lance Corporal Matthew Ellis of 150 Provost Company, Royal Military Police (RMP), is providing policing expertise.

A British major serving in Afghanistan is intending to put his long distance running skills to the test to raise money for fellow soldiers hurt in the conflict, and will be joined in the effort by Afghan soldiers.

21 Aug 10 - Lance Corporal Jordan Dean Bancroft, 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, part of Combined Force Nad 'Ali, was killed in Sayedebad, central Helmand, Afghanistan, during an exchange of fire with insurgents whilst providing essential outer security in order for a shura to take place as part of the ongoing 'Hold' and 'Build' phase of Operation TOR SHEZADA.

20 Aug 10 - Two young Gunners from 4th Regiment Royal Artillery are amongst British soldiers in Afghanistan working with their Australian colleagues to provide essential fire support for troops on the ground.

19 Aug 10 - As the Royal Marines of 40 Commando work hard to bring security to the population of Sangin in Helmand province they are often tasked to protect residents from Taliban intimidation and attack.

Helicopters are crucial to the success of operations in Helmand, and, from medical evacuation and troop movement to resupply and ground attack, the men and women of the Joint Helicopter Force do it all. Report by Sharon Kean.

18 Aug 10 - A Royal Auxiliary Air Force nurse has returned to the UK after completing her first tour of Afghanistan where she managed several of the wards in the Camp Bastion hospital.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and The Royal Dragoon Guards have been working jointly with Afghan National Security Forces to keep traffic moving along a key road in central Helmand.

17 Aug 10 - Two Territorial Army volunteers from Jersey Field Squadron have swapped civilian life on the channel island for the heat and dust of Helmand province, and are now working with the regular Army unit 21 Engineer Regiment.

13 Aug 10 - Sapper Ishwor Gurung from 69 Gurkha Field Squadron, serving with 21 Engineer Regiment, was killed by small arms fire in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province, in Afghanistan.

Sapper Darren Foster, 21 Engineer Regiment, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed by small arms fire in the Sangin district of Helmand province.

12 Aug 10 - Rifleman Remand Kulung from the Gurkha Reinforcement Company, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), died of wounds sustained in a helicopter incident whilst in a patrol base in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Tuesday 10 August 2010.

Key to success in Afghanistan is improving security through stabilisation and reducing the influence of insurgents, and at the hard end of this strategy is the Military Stabilisation Support Group and its personnel on the ground. Report by Tristan Kelly.

11 Aug 10 - Lieutenant John Charles Sanderson, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham of wounds sustained in Afghanistan.

Two additional Royal Air Force Tornado jets are being sent to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has announced while visiting British forces serving in the country.

Afghan security forces and their advisors from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards have, with the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, completed a clearance operation around Lashkar Gah in southern Helmand.

Lance Corporal Rob McInerney is currently working at the forefront of counter-IED operations in Afghanistan piloting the 'Flying Robot', which is part of the Talisman counter-IED system.

10 Aug 10 - Members of the Afghan National Army have raised their country's flag above the town of Sayedabad, the focus of Operation TOR SHEZADA and once a safe haven for insurgents, but now under Afghan and ISAF control.

9 Aug 10 - A paramedic serving on the Medical Emergency Response Team in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, is using his spare time to undertake 20,000 press-ups and sit-ups for charity.

6 Aug 10 - The airframes of the Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) are currently being kept airworthy thanks to a tri-Service group of five female officers.

5 Aug 10 - 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment officially took control of a new battle group area of operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Air Chief Marshal Simon Bryant has met with Royal Air Force personnel during his first visit to Afghanistan as the newly-appointed Commander-in-Chief Air.

Two brothers, serving side by side as soldiers in 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, have been recalling some of the hairier moments of their recent deployment to Afghanistan.

4 Aug 10 - It is often said that in a counter-insurgency campaign 'the people are the prize' and it is this mantra that perhaps best describes the driving force behind the Military Stabilisation Support Group - or MSSG. Report by Tristan Kelly.

Two members of the independent body that makes recommendations to Her Majesty's Government on pay for the Armed Forces recently travelled to Helmand to see what in-theatre allowances or pay might be applicable.

3 Aug 10 - British and Afghan forces involved in the latest push against the Taliban in central Helmand entered the town of Sayedabad, the main objective of Operation TOR SHEZADA.

2 Aug 10 - Operation TOR SHEZADA, the current military effort to clear insurgents from central Helmand province, is going according to plan and extremely well, Lieutenant Colonel Frazer Lawrence, officer commanding the operation.

A Royal Marine from 40 Commando has been praised by his Commanding Officer for personally overseeing the safe medical evacuation of his injured colleagues despite being hit three times himself.

1 Aug 10 - Marine Adam Brown, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, died in an explosion as 3 Troop Alpha Company were conducting a local area reassurance patrol to provide security to the locals in the area.

Lance Sergeant Dale McCallum, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, serving as part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah, was killed by small arms fire whilst commanding his men in an operation to provide security to Afghan local nationals in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province.

30 Jul 10 - British and Afghan forces, led by 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, launched an operation this morning to continue the momentum generated by Operation MOSHTARAK and further squeeze insurgents in central Helmand.

Two-year-old Belgian Shepherd Espen and his handler Sergeant Tom Moir are currently deployed to Helmand for six months searching for improvised explosive devices and saving the lives of countless soldiers.

29 Jul 10 - Four Royal Navy bomb disposal experts from the Fleet Diving Squadron based at Horsea Island, Portsmouth, are heading to Afghanistan in a few weeks to help deal with the improvised explosive device threat.

A new facility housing two cutting edge CT (computerised tomography) scanners has been officially opened at the UK military field hospital at Camp Bastion in Helmand, southern Afghanistan.

28 Jul 10 - Men, machines, and most recently, animals, are working together to beat the biggest threat to troops in Afghanistan - improvised explosive devices laid by insurgents. Report by Sharon Kean.

After several weeks providing support to troops on the ground in Helmand province, the Merlin helicopter crews from 28 (Army Cooperation) Squadron's B Flight, based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, are coming home.

27 Jul 10 - Five years after first deploying to Sangin, Royal Marine Captain Marty Adams is back in the town and is witnessing some of the progress made there thanks to the military effort and the civilian 'surge' by the UK Government's Stabilisation Unit.

26 Jul 10 - Sapper Mark Antony Smith from 36 Engineer Regiment, serving with the Counter-IED Task Force was killed in an explosion in the Sangin area of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal 'Gaz' Lovett, an aviation crewman on a new Lynx Mark 9A helicopter, tells of his experiences as he provides firepower from the skies in Afghanistan to support troops on the ground.

23 Jul 10 - The combination of body armour, a Jackal patrol vehicle, a Chinook helicopter and the skill of medics has helped to save the life of a Royal Marine shot during a gun battle in Afghanistan.

22 Jul 10 - Changes to the policy governing rest and recuperation for Service personnel deployed on operations have been announced by the Ministry of Defence.

Two RAF reservists have been helping co-ordinate a battle group sized operation to defend the giant coalition air base at Kandahar in Afghanistan.

The Reverend Benjamin Abeledo, a Church of Scotland minister in the Royal Army Chaplains Department, has deployed to Afghanistan as part of a ministry team in support of 4th Mechanized Brigade.

21 Jul 10 - Corporal Matthew James Stenton from the Royal Dragoon Guards and Lance Corporal Stephen Daniel Monkhouse from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, serving as part of Combined Force Lashkar Gah, were killed in Afghanistan by small arms fire during a cordon operation as they sought to evacuate a casualty.

The UK's Defence and Foreign Secretaries have met with their Italian counterparts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to discuss the ongoing working relationship of the two nations as part of International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

A former Mujahidin fighter, now a senior non-commissioned officer in the Afghan National Army, is bringing medical care to remote villages in central Helmand with the help of ISAF forces.

After nearly two months of being operational in Afghanistan, the world's fastest helicopter, the Lynx Mark 9A, has proved to be a vital boost to the UK's battlefield capability.

20 Jul 10 - At the Kabul conference the international community expressed its support for President Karzai's objective that the Afghan National Security Forces should lead and conduct all military operations in all provinces of Afghanistan by 2014.

British, Danish and Afghan forces have built a new road and new patrol base to cut off known insurgent routes and bring increased protection for civilians and troops alike around Gereshk.

19 Jul 10 - Five hundred Afghan troops, trained by the British Army, led an operation into a Taliban stronghold last Sunday to reinstate Government authority and bring security to the area.

17 Jul 10 - Sergeant David Thomas Monkhouse, The Royal Dragoon Guards, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North), was killed in an explosion during a counter-IED operation in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant Brett George Linley, 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, serving with the Counter-IED Task Force in support of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was killed in an explosion during a counter-IED operation in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

16 Jul 10 - Senior Aircraftman Gunner Kinikki "Griff" Griffiths, a Gunner in the Royal Air Force Regiment, serving as part of the Camp Bastion Force Protection Wing, was killed in a vehicle accident in the vicinity of Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Marine Jonathan David Thomas Crookes, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol in the Sangin District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

In an effort to build relationships with the local community around Kandahar Airfield an RAF officer has been introducing Afghan children to rugby.

15 Jul 10 - 16 Air Assault Brigade, the first UK troops to enter Helmand province in 2002 and support the International Security Assistance Force's efforts to create stability in Afghanistan, are preparing to travel back for their fourth Afghan deployment. Report by Leigh Hamilton.

The first female MOD police officer to train women in the Afghan National Police has been awarded two national awards for her outstanding work during her deployment to Afghanistan.

14 Jul 10 - 16 Air Assault Brigade will replace 4th Mechanized Brigade in October 2010 as the lead formation of British troops in Helmand province, Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has announced.

The 1,000th Afghan Policeman passed out of the British-run Helmand Police Training Centre.

13 Jul 10 - Major James Joshua Bowman, Lieutenant Neal Turkington and Corporal Arjun Purja Pun from 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj South, were killed in a suspected premeditated attack by a member of the Afghan National Army using a combination of weapons.

Marine Matthew Harrison, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was shot while on a foot patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Soldiers from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, received their gallantry awards from Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony in Edinburgh.

9 Jul 10 - Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) have received their gallantry awards at Buckingham Palace from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Mercian Regiment.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment received their Op HERRICK medals in recognition of the part they have played in Afghanistan over the last year.

New batteries which significantly lighten the load for dismounted soldiers are on their way to theatre. Report by Stephen Tyler.

British trainers in Afghanistan are adapting to Afghan ways and go back to basics as they prepare local troops for combat. Report by Sharon Kean.

International Security Assistance Force newspapers are being used by local elders in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, to educate children in three languages.

8 Jul 10 - Marine David Charles Hart, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in an explosion while on a foot patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Bombardier Samuel Joseph Robinson, 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, serving in support of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in an explosion while on a foot patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Keeping the forward operating bases supplied in Afghanistan is no easy task, but one that is crucial to the success of the mission. Sharon Kean reports on how combat logistic patrols do their work.

The arrival of the new Talisman counter-IED system in Afghanistan is helping 15 Field Support Squadron, 38 Engineer Regiment, deal with the menace in less time and more safely.

Dozens of British Service personnel trained to speak Dari or Pashtu in the run up to their Afghanistan deployment have been using their language skills to better communicate with the local Afghan population.

7 Jul 10 - Changes to the international force structure in southern Afghanistan, including the deployment of the UK's Theatre Reserve Battalion and the redeployment of British troops from Sangin to central Helmand, have been announced.

6 Jul 10 - British Engineers with the support of the Gurkhas are helping with the regeneration of Babaji by continuing to upgrade a major road through the district.

5 Jul 10 - Trooper James Anthony Leverett of D (The Green Horse) Squadron, The Viking Group, The Royal Dragoon Guards, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was killed in an explosion while on a vehicle patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Private Thomas Sephton, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North), who was wounded in an explosion whilst on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

As General David Petraeus takes over command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan the strategy for defeating insurgency in the country has been reaffirmed.

Thanks to the training they have received from International Security Assistance Force soldiers, 90 more recruits have just qualified as fully-trained Afghan National Police officers.

2 Jul 10 - Royal Marines have carried out an operation to clear improvised explosive devices from a busy market street in the village of Pylae in the Sangin Valley.

1 Jul 10 - Corporal Seth Stephens, Royal Marines, was killed in Southern Afghanistan.

The International Security Assistance Force's strategy for defeating the improvised explosive device threat in Afghanistan can be characterised by three main elements - attacking the system, defeating the device and preparing the force - senior British officers said.

British and Afghan soldiers recently deployed on an operation to the south of Nad 'Ali after they heard that local villagers were being terrorised by insurgents.

Joint patrols between members of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles and Afghan National Army troops have seen the pernicious influence of insurgents in the village of Piand Kalay diminish and a new level of normality return for the local people.

British forces in Afghanistan have launched a mass blogging initiative involving dozens of personnel writing regular posts from the front line on the Army, Navy and RAF websites.

30 Jun 10 - The British Army and the Afghan National Police have renamed a checkpoint in Helmand province after a military policeman who died protecting the Afghans he was mentoring there.

29 Jun 10 - British forces based at Kandahar Airfield have started running a school for the sons and nephews of the traders of the Saturday bazaar held at the base.

Two MOD civilian scientists who have developed technology to counter the improvised explosive device threat in Afghanistan were recently honoured for their life-saving work.

28 Jun 10 - After almost half-a-decade of being abandoned and desolate, life is beginning to return to a village at the foot of the Kajaki Dam in Helmand province thanks to the presence of British, American and local Afghan National Police forces.

27 Jun 10 - Corporal Jamie Kirkpatrick,101 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) attached to the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, part of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, and was killed in a small arms fire engagement with insurgent forces in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

26 Jun 10 - Bombardier Stephen Raymond Gilbert, 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, died from wounds sustained during an explosion in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan in hospital in Birmingham.

25 Jun 10 - ISAF announced that British forces in Afghanistan have handed responsibility for security in the town of Kajaki in northern Helmand province to US forces.

24 Jun 10 - Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has spoken to the media about yesterday's resignation of General Stanley McChrystal from his post as Commander of US and NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan.

23 Jun 10 - Sergeant Steven William Darbyshire, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed by small arms fire during a fire-fight with insurgent forces in the Sangin District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Colour Sergeant Martyn Horton, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, Lance Corporal David Ramsden, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, Private Douglas Halliday, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, and Private Alex Isaac, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, were killed in a vehicle incident that happened near Gereshk, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

RAF personnel, alongside other ISAF troops, have recently treated several Afghan nationals at the most successful village medical outreach event held to date for the local community near Camp Bastion.

22 Jun 10 - Lance Corporal Michael Taylor from Charlie Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed during an exchange of fire with insurgent forces in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Following the 300th British fatality in Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox and Lieutenant General Sir Nick Parker, Deputy Commander of ISAF, have called for support for the Armed Forces to continue their mission in the country.

21 Jun 10 - Marine Paul Warren from Charlie Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in in an explosion in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. He had recently returned from a reassurance patrol to improve security for local Afghans in the area around the patrol base when the incident occurred.

Following the announcement today of the 300th member of the British Armed Forces to have been killed or died as a result of operations in Afghanistan, the Secretary of State for Defence Dr Liam Fox and Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup have made the following statements.

20 Jun 10 - Marine Richard Hollington, from Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, died from wounds sustained in Afghanistan in the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

18 Jun 10 - Trooper Ashley David Smith from The Royal Dragoon Guards, Viking Group, D (The Green Horse) Squadron, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was providing security to his colleagues during a task to improve the field of view around a Check Point when he was struck by an explosion.

Royal Military Policeman Corporal Mike Hansbury is currently deployed to Sangin providing front line policing and forensic assistance to the Royal Marine unit he is attached to.

17 Jun 10 - Soldiers from the First Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, are partnering and mentoring the Afghan National Army deep in the green zone near Nad 'Ali in Helmand province.

Helicopter pilot Captain Joanna Gordon, who began her Army career as a caterer, has just returned from her second tour of Afghanistan where she supported operations from the cockpit of an Apache.

16 Jun 10 - Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Nick Harvey MP, has undertaken his first visit to Afghanistan since he took up post in the Ministry of Defence last month.

Royal Marines based in Sangin have opened a new police training centre for the Afghan National Police that they are are training and mentoring.

Newly arrived RAF Tornado pilots to Afghanistan have already flown over Helmand Province several times providing crucial support to coalition ground operations.

15 Jun 10 - Corporal Taniela Tolevu Rogoiruwai and Kingsman Ponipate Tagitaginimoce, 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, serving as part of Combined Force Nad 'Ali, were killed in separate shooting incidents in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

During his recent visit to Afghanistan, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the doubling of the Operational Allowance.

14 Jun 10 - Marine Steven James Birdsall, Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, died from wounds sustained in Afghanistan at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

Prime Minister David Cameron said we must now redouble our efforts to drive progress in this vital year for the mission in Afghanistan, during a statement to the House of Commons.

A new organisation has taken command of international forces in south western Afghanistan.

12 Jun 10 - Lance Corporal Andrew Breeze, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), was caught in an explosion during an operation to clear an area near to Check Point Kingshill, in Afghanistan, and was killed.

11 Jun 10 - Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox, has welcomed the rapid progress in training the Afghan National Security Forces, and the role of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan, but insisted that NATO allies still need to up their game.

The Surgeon General, Surgeon Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli, has outlined the end-to-end process in place to ensure that all servicemen and women receive the best possible care if injured while on operations.

10 Jun 10 - Prime Minister David Cameron has announced extra resources for British troops in Afghanistan to deal with roadside bombs during his first visit to Afghanistan since the formation of the Coalition Government.

England captain Steven Gerrard has said the team have been 'inspired and touched' by a video of support and goodwill messages from troops serving in Afghanistan.

9 Jun 10 - Private Jonathan Monk, 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North), was killed in an explosion in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Since arriving in Sangin in April the Royal Marines of 40 Commando have already suffered several losses. Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, the Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, 40 Commando's predecessors in Sangin, here writes that while a desperately high price is being paid, the losses are not in vain.

RAF Chinook pilot Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune had a lucky escape in Afghanistan recently when an insurgent bullet ricocheted inside his helmet while he was flying his helicopter during a casualty pick-up.

8 Jun 10 - Lance Bombardier Mark Chandler, 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, attached to 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, serving as part of Combined Force Nad 'Ali, was killed in a small arms fire engagement with insurgent forces in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand province.

Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox, met with his US counterpart, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in London for a wide-ranging discussion on defence issues affecting both countries.

Almost thirty years since it entered service, veteran of the Falklands campaign, the RAF's ZA718 Chinook helicopter, or 'Bravo November' as it is better known, has just returned from service in Afghanistan.

7 Jun 10 - British soldiers have been involved in a dramatic push south into insurgent-held territory to move Taliban fighters away from the population centres of the southern Nad 'Ali district and establish new patrol bases.

The first new infantry combat rifle to be issued to troops for more than 20 years has arrived in Afghanistan and is being used by Royal Marines from 40 Commando.

6 Jun 10 - While carrying out their daily duties in Helmand, Royal Marines took a moment this week to reflect on the sacrifice their colleagues from 66 years ago made during the D-Day landings in France.

5 Jun 10 - Hundreds gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire for a dedication ceremony paying tribute to the 119 British forces personnel killed on active service during 2009.

4 Jun 10 - Corporal Terry Webster and Lance Corporal Alan Cochran, both 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire), attached to the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group, were killed in Afghanistan.

A Chinook pilot from RAF Odiham was presented with a Distinguished Flying Cross for his 'superior flying skills' in Afghanistan at a prestigious ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Lance Corporal Michael 'Doc' McLoughlin is the first line of medical support for the soldiers of C Squadron, Royal Dragoon Guards, who are currently operating as a ground-holding infantry unit in Afghanistan.

Senior British officers who were commanding troops in Afghanistan last winter have spoken of the progress made in key areas of Helmand province despite the difficulties of tackling the insurgency in the Sangin area. Report by Sharon Kean.

3 Jun 10 - Over the last couple of weeks Royal Engineers have been busy supporting infantry operations and building new bases in Helmand province, while logisticians have been delivering essential building supplies.

Commander-in-Chief Fleet of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, visited Afghanistan this week to see the work that Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel are doing in Helmand province.

2 Jun 10 - Marine Anthony Dean Hotine, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in an explosion in the Sangin district of Helmand province.

Currently deployed to forward operating base Shawqat in Nad 'Ali, Educational Training Services officer Lieutenant Laura Bullen is ensuring that even while working in Helmand's green zone, her soldiers keep learning.

While most RAF personnel in Afghanistan are deployed to Camp Bastion and Kandahar, a small number are also hard at work in the ISAF Joint Command headquarters in the country's capital, Kabul.

1 Jun 10 - Changes to the command and control of ISAF forces in southern Afghanistan that sees the current Regional Command (South) split in two come into force today.

Work by elements of Task Force Helmand and local Afghan National Army units over recent weeks has helped bring increased security to Gereshk in central Helmand.

31 May 10 - Star DJs from BBC's Radio 1 conducted a series of live links with the British Forces Broadcasting Service team in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

Hundreds of people gathered on the streets of Bury St Edmunds last week to honour soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment on their return from a six-month tour of Afghanistan.

30 May 10 - Marine Scott Taylor, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was killed as a result of an explosion which occurred when he and Alpha Company were conducting a foot patrol to help reassure the local population and to increase security within the area around Sangin, Afghanistan.

27 May 10 - Police officers from the Gibraltar Defence Police's Marine Section are currently being trained to the highest international standards in power boat manouevers.

26 May 10 - Corporal Stephen Paul Curley, 40 Commando Royal Marines, serving as part of Combined Force Sangin, was killed in an explosion while he was conducting a ground domination foot patrol through the southern Green Zone in order to reassure local nationals and understand their concerns about living in the area.

Gunner Zak Cusack, 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, serving as part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (South), was participating in a routine reassurance patrol when he was killed during a small arms fire engagement with insurgent forces in an area around Enezai Village.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment have Tractors handed out to Afghan farmers in Nad 'Ali handed out 20 new tractors to farming co-operatives in the Nad 'Ali region of Helmand province.

25 May 10 - Upgraded Army Lynx Mk9A helicopters have arrived for use in Afghanistan after being shipped from the UK, and are already being put to good use.

24 May 10 - To help bring local government to the people of Sangin district, Royal Marines from 40 Commando Group have, at the request of the District Governor, been distributing 'wind-up' and rechargeable radios.

Two British female soldiers serving in Helmand have become the first to complete the United States Marine Corps' Female Engagement Team course.

23 May 10 - Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox, visited troops in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province in his first visit since taking up his Cabinet post.

19 May 10 - The RAF's Reaper programme has achieved the milestone of providing more than 10,000 hours of armed overwatch in support of UK and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

In order to meet the vast expansion of Camp Bastion, the main British base in Helmand, Royal Engineers are developing projects at an 'unheard of' rate. Report by Sharon Kean.

Working as some of the myriad 'backroom' specialists that allow Marines operating out of Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin, Afghanistan, to get on with their daily work are a team of Commando chefs.

18 May 10 - Camp Bastion, the lynchpin of British, and increasingly American, operations in Helmand, is a desert metropolis, complete with airport, that is expanding at a remarkable pace. Report by Sharon Kean.

ISAF and Afghan leaders have ended two days of discussions on improving counter-insurgency operations and preventing civilian casualties by cataloguing best practices that can be shared by all units operating in Afghanistan.

17 May 10 - New Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has spoken about the national security reasons for the UK military being in Afghanistan and praised the bravery and professionalism of troops in Helmand.

16 May 10 - RAF firefighters helped their American colleagues this weekend in tackling a massive blaze which broke out at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province.

14 May 10 - British cavalry soldiers from C Squadron of the Royal Dragoon Guards have taken up the mantle to protect and rebuild the village of Gorup-e Shesh Kalay near Nad 'Ali, following Operation MOSHTARAK.

13 May 10 - As Operation MOSHTARAK enters its fourth month, NATO Commander Major General Nick Carter briefed the media on the progress made within Nad 'Ali and the progress that remains to be made in the area of Marjah.

Over 600 community elders travelled into Nad 'Ali district centre this week to cast their votes in a secret ballot to decide the 45 members of the Nad 'Ali District Community Council.

12 May 10 - Lance Corporal Andy Wallace and his patrol dog Gromit from the working dogs section based at Camp Bastion in Helmand province are currently helping to increase security on the streets of Kabul.

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