The Financial Times:
The general in charge of the international force in Afghanistan has given his soldiers six months to establish a clear advantage against the bitter Taliban-led insurgency in the south of the country.CBC News:
“We have to show in the next six months that the government is on the winning side,” said Lieutenant General David Richards, commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, in an interview with the Financial Times.
Four Canadian soldiers have been killed and nine others injured in a major NATO offensive that also left 200 Taliban militants dead in southern Afghanistan, Brig.-Gen. David Fraser says.Increased military action also means increased risks even for non-combat activities. The BBC:
The Ministry of Defence has named the 14 UK military personnel who died when their plane crashed in Afghanistan.
The RAF Nimrod MR2 crashed on Saturday, killing 12 air personnel from 120 Squadron based at RAF Kinloss in Moray, Scotland, a Royal Marine and a soldier.