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BBC News: Hammond – Afghanistan shootings “will not derail the mission”

July 2, 2012

The Prime Minister, the Defence Secretary and the Chief of the Defence Staff have commented on the shootings of three British soldiers by a rogue Afghan policeman in Helmand yesterday.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “deeply saddened by the appalling news”, while Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said all thoughts were with the families of dead men.

Mr Hammond added that:

“… though deeply tragic, yesterday’s incident and attacks like it will not derail the mission or distract us from the task in hand.”

Read more at: – Afghan policeman kills three British soldiers

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    July 2, 2012 19:16

    Be cautious is an imperatif. An erroneous reaction may vanify alls. Tere may be a sort of larval attack, posed on by members of Afghan forces, members that, part of terroristic organization, may have arroled for that. But this is only, for the moment, a conjecture. I invite our troops to be more prudent, to avoid repentine reactions, to monitor the situation, to govern, also if not easy, their stress.
    Brothers killed are for ever on our hearts, where are also thoughts and prayers for our troops. claudio alpaca

  2. July 2, 2012 19:30

    Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the devastated families, colleagues and friends of these three brave heroes.
    Gone but will never be forgotten. Your spirit will live on in those whose lives you have touched and for whom you have strived to make this world a safer and more peaceful place.
    R I P
    With Deepest Respect
    Agnes and all at

  3. July 2, 2012 19:36

    Of course the deaths of our soldiers is very sad but it is also an outrage that these deaths and many deaths before these were not prevented by better leadership of our military.

    A reporter on BBC news reported that American troops when meeting Afghans have force protection standing guard, with their weapons cocked and ready at all times.

    Guards with weapons cocked and ready are correct for British soliders meeting Afghans as well but this is not being ordered by UK government, PM Cameron, Defence Minister Hammonds and Harvey, Chief of the Defence Staff or it seems by anyone in command.

    Instead our soldiers are expected to trust all armed Afghan police and army until such time as they open fire on us!

    This is yet another case of incompetence by the General staff and politicians leaving our brave soldiers badly led and vulnerable to surprise attacks.

    Lions led by donkeys.

    We Britons need a modern British army which is led by republicans with intelligence, not royalists who are stupid and clueless and getting our soldiers killed.

    We need root and branch change of the control of the military which only replacing the united kingdom with republics can achieve.

    Therefore the military must lead a republican revolution by ousting the royal family from the country. Exile the Queen and her family. Arrest the Queen. Put her on trial for her life.

    It’s not right leaving the kingdom running our armed forces and getting our soldiers killed.

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