This video from the USA is called Rethink Afghanistan (Part 3): Cost of War.
From British daily The Independent:
By Stephen Howard, Press Association
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
The Government launches an appeal today over two soldiers who won massive increases in compensation paid for injuries.
Light Dragoon Anthony Duncan, who now walks with crutches after being shot while on patrol in Iraq, was originally awarded £9,250 which was increased to £46,000 by an appeal tribunal.
Royal Marine Matthew McWilliams fractured his thigh in a military exercise and was awarded £8,250, increased to £28,750 on appeal.
The High Court upheld the higher awards, ruling that the Ministry of Defence argument that there should be a distinction between the original injury and later complications was “absurd”.
Now the MoD is taking the case to the Court of Appeal, where lawyers are expected to claim the pair should be compensated only for the initial injuries and not subsequent health problems.
It is being heard as the death toll in Afghanistan continues to rise, with a British soldier becoming the 20th to die this month.
Since the start of operations in 2001, 189 British service personnel have been killed.
See also here.
Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, has decided not to sack the parliamentary aide who described the government’s appeal against compensation awards for two injured servicemen as “politically bonkers”: here.
Britain: Anti-war campaigners have warned the government that they will mark the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan with a massive demonstration in London later this year: here.