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Soldier Sophia sets Afghan arrests record

April 4, 2011

‘A Royal Military Police officer in Afghanistan has broken the record for the highest number of arrests in a day.

L/Cpl Sophia Turner, 20, from Neath, arrested 17 insurgents posing as Afghan police in uniform.

Lance Corporal Sophia Turner, RMP. Click on the image to read the full story. Picture: Sgt Rupert Frere RLC

They were driving a stolen police vehicle with bomb making equipment in Central Helmand.

“I’ve never heard of a single military police officer making so many arrests in one day,” said Sgt Paul Webber, the Royal Military Police (RMP).

“It’s definitely a record,” sais Sgt Webber, the RMP’s liaison officer for 2 SCOTS Battle Group.

L/Cpl Turner was on a patrol close to Lashkar Gah, when she was called to help with an operation with 156 Provost Company attached to 16 Air Assault Brigade.’

To read the rest of this article on the BBC News website, click HERE or on the image above.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. strikehold permalink
    April 4, 2011 21:17

    Awesome! They must have been doubly embarrassed that it was a woman who arrested them. LOL. Rock on!

  2. April 4, 2011 21:53

    Good grief! That’s an amazing story.

  3. sabin permalink
    April 4, 2011 21:56

    number 5 ,,, acceptabile

  4. I_love_Afghanistan permalink
    April 5, 2011 02:22

    Great stuff – well done! She can arrest me whenever she likes…. 😉

  5. April 5, 2011 04:21

    I’ send my congratulations for every soldiers in the mission of the freedom..

    Major -Badessa Walter
    126-268 IMAT

  6. TxRoadDawg permalink
    April 5, 2011 07:20

    Does she carry handcuffs?

  7. thebronze permalink
    April 5, 2011 09:27

    I like how UKFA, allows sexual comments (like the one above), but censors a comment that says “They shouldn’t have been arrested, they should’ve been killed”.

    No wonder you Brits are being over-run by the Muzzies…

    • April 5, 2011 12:20

      Here at Camp Bastion, I am the one that reviews all the comments as they appear and the one who has the final decision to approve or trash comments. There are very, very few comments that do not get through, because in general I am not here to censor and freedom of speech is something I whole-heartedly endorse; not just from an MOD perspective (who I clearly work for) but from my own perspective as well. Your comment took me a little by surprise as I completely failed to make that comparison or see your perspective. There is absolutely no overt sexual reference in the comments you refer to; light-hearted banter at the worst and I am struggling (and interested) to know your thought process in this respect. Am I being naive, or are you possibly imparting your own views and bias into the more innocent words of others?

      Your own comment on the other hand was quite overt and inflammatory and I would not wish to condone such action. Even out here in theatre, we obide by strict Rules of Engagement (ROE) and would not ‘kill’ someone if they had already been arrested. There is a very good reason for this; the Insurgency here are not classed as terrorists in the legal sense and equally, in the legal sense, we are not fighitng a ‘war’. To do so would legitimise what they – the Insurgents (not Taliban) – are doing and would change the dynamic significantly.

      The Government of Afghanistan invited us here, to rid their country of a ‘criminal’ element and this is how these people are viewed. If these criminals open fire upon ISAF forces, then our ROE legally allows us to open fire in return – opening fire though is and always will be an absolute last resort measure. Every professional British and ISAF serviceman and woman will do whatever they can to arrest and detain any ‘suspected’ member of the Insurgeny; they will then be handed over to the Afghan authorities within a strict deadline and these individuals will then be tried by the Afghan legal system and inprisoned if found guilty.

      There have been cases where, as in any country, individuals are arrested and released again once proved to be completely innocent. To kill them at the arrest point though, would be most definitely classed as murder and would be an enormous step backwards towards the anarchy and oppression that the majority of the population are so depserate to move away from.

      I hope this goes some way to explaining my thought process. Yes, I do speak from a MOD perspective but, having been in the RAF for 27 years now, I am no spring-chicken or government mouthpiece – these are my own personal views as well and I would not shy away from the truth if it differed in some way from the ‘party line’. I receive an email alert every time a new comment is posted to the site, so feel free to respond and, without getting in to some protracted, none-conclusional debate, I will happily address your retort providing it is constructive. Regards, Nick.

  8. MEAN STREETS permalink
    April 9, 2011 23:45

    As a Former Proud Member of the US Army Military Police Corps let me just say: “You go Girl! I’m Proud to Call You Sister~”

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