British soldier death #300 in Afghanistan

This video from England says about itself:

Anti-War demonstration, London, 15th March 08

Called by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Stop the War Coalition and the British Muslim Initiative, the demonstration of 15th March 08 brought together thousands under the slogans “Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, Don’t attack Iran, End the siege of Gaza”. Video includes an interview with Kate Hudson, Chair of CND.

From British daily The Guardian:

British death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq reaches 300 after two marines die in blast

• Roadside bomb hits new Jackal vehicle in Helmand

Two Royal Marines whose deaths brought the number of British servicemen and women killed in Afghanistan and Iraq to 300 were victims of an explosion that hit their new Jackal armoured vehicle, defence sources said yesterday. …

The number of British military personnel who have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001 is 124, while 176 have been killed in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.

British troops are being equipped with more than 170 Jackal vehicles to replace the controversial lightly armoured Snatch Land Rovers in which more than 30 soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, though the Jackal is sturdier, it has open sides and the driver and gunner are not protected by armour. A soldier from the Household Cavalry was killed last month when his Jackal was hit by a roadside bomb. …

The deaths of the two marines were disclosed as an ICM poll commissioned by the BBC showed 68% of those questioned – 59% men and 75% women – said British troops should withdraw from Afghanistan within 12 months. The age group most opposed to the war was 18- to 24-year-olds, 75% of whom said they wanted troops pulled out. ICM surveyed 1,013 people. …

This year has been the deadliest in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001, both for the military and civilians. …. The latest US soldier death brought the number of American military personnel killed in Afghanistan this year to 148, compared with 11 in 2007.

Robert Fisk on Afghanistan: here.

First soldier dies in ‘armoured bus’: here.

2 thoughts on “British soldier death #300 in Afghanistan

  1. Accidental Overdose Killed Afghan Vet

    December 01, 2008

    Dayton Daily News

    Christopher S. Smith, an Army veteran who was injured in Afghanistan in 2006, died in August from an accidental overdose of a powerful pain medication, the Clark County, Ohio, coroner’s office has ruled.

    Senior investigator Tom Comer said toxicology results showed Smith, 25, died from an overdose of fentanyl, a drug the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned people about because of accidental overdoses.

    “It would have been an accident. It was not suicide,” Comer said.

    The 2001 Fairmont High School graduate was pronounced dead at 4:15 a.m. on Aug. 28 at his girlfriend’s South Charleston residence. She had summoned medics when she was unable to awaken him.

    Sheila Smith of Fairborn said her son had been prescribed stronger pain patches before he died.

    “It is so sad and tragic that Chris survived so many gun battles, being blown out of a Humvee, being blown off the side of a mountain several times, as well as other attacks, only to die in America, because a drug manufacturer cared more about profits than human life,” she said. “If this information saves just one family from going through this heartache, it will be worth it.”

    The FDA in 2005 issued a public health advisory and information for health care professionals about the fentanyl patch, warning “that deaths and other serious problems have resulted from accidental doses.”

    The patch is applied to the skin and delivers a strong opiate analgesic that is 80 times more potent than morphine. Last winter, one company issued a recall on certain prescription skin patches containing fentanyl because of possible overdose risk.

    FDA spokeswoman Karen Riley said she did not know how many people have died from accidental overdoses of the drug.

    Smith, a former Army sergeant who served with the 10th Mountain Division, was injured in Afghanistan while he was a gunner in June 2006. He was thrown from a Humvee and landed on his head after a rocket-propelled grenade struck the vehicle. He ruptured several discs in his neck and back and was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.

    Smith had been honorably discharged and medically retired from the Army in February, nearly four years after he enlisted.

    He had been accepted to Wright State University and was looking forward to pursuing his interest in structural engineering, his mother said.

    © Copyright 2008 Dayton Daily News


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