Sunday, June 3, 2012

The betrayal futility of British soldiers' deaths in Helmand - Afghanistan

As British  involvement in Helmand heads towards its seventh year and the number of British troop fatalities in Afghanistan nears 420 with little sign of respite, an award-winning book on the war deliberately pulls no punches in its depiction of the conflict’s gruesome realities.

Written by Daily Mail journalist Toby Harnden, it follows the Welsh Guards in gripping everyday detail through a six-month tour of duty in Helmand in 2009.

Sixteen from the Welsh Guards Battle Group would die, including the charismatic and hugely popular commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Thorneloe. Dozens more would be seriously wounded and many left with mental scars that may never heal.

Within days of going out on the ground, they had lost their first man. Dubai-born Lance Sergeant Tobie Fasfous was returning from a patrol when someone stepped on the pressure pad of an IED (improvised explosive device). The bottom half of his body was devastated while the Afghan interpreter beside him was decapitated.

Read more gory details: Daily Mail


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