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    Captain Jim Philippson killed in Afghanistan

    13 Jun 06

    It is with immense sadness that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the name of the British soldier from 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 11 June 2006.

    Captain Jim Philippson

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    UK forces were involved in an incident in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan, on the evening of Sunday 11 June 2006 during which a mobile patrol was engaged in a firefight against suspected Taliban forces. Sadly as a result of this engagement Captain Jim Philippson was killed and two other soldiers seriously injured. Our thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends at this difficult time.

    Captain Jim Philippson, 29, from St Albans in Hertfordshire,

    completed his further education at Plymouth University. He joined the Army in January 2001 and, after his course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, was commissioned into the Royal Artillery later that year.

    He then undertook his Young Officers’ course at the Artillery Centre, Larkhill. From the outset his sharp intellect, determination, positive attitude and infectious enthusiasm stood out and he was selected for a posting to 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. He relished the challenge of demanding commando selection where his physical stamina was more than matched by his mental robustness.

    Not only was he successful but he led the way. Having settled into the Regiment his confident, yet self-effacing, approach had a real impact. His unique combination of fierce professionalism, relaxed style of command and sense of fun won him the respect and loyalty of his soldiers and peers. He displayed all of these qualities in the high pressure operational environment of Iraq but also on exercises in Norway, USA and Cyprus. Moreover, he was always looking to get involved; throwing himself wholeheartedly into his sport and social life with the same passion as his work.

    Having concluded his tour with 29 Commando Regiment, Capt Philippson was keen to undertake the challenge of service with 7

    Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and after a six month deployment to the Falkland Islands joined the Regiment in February 2006 as it prepared for deployment to Afghanistan.

    Very soon he found himself a pivotal member of the team with the role of training and mentoring the Afghan National Army. Here his maturity, patience, technical skill as an instructor and responsiveness was an example as much to his colleagues as to his Afghan counterparts who warmed quickly to his inherent leadership and charisma. He was a man that wanted to make a difference, and he did.

    Capt Philippson served only a short time with 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery but his influence on it and 29 Commando Regiment previously was tremendous. A genuine character who was full of life and humour yet with a highly committed edge, he will be remembered as a gifted, considerate and popular officer who would always go that extra mile for his soldiers and his friends. He will be sadly missed by everyone that that knew him.

    Lieutenant Colonel David Hammond, his Commanding Officer, said:

    "Jim was a top quality officer in the best traditions of the Regiment and the British Army. Those around him were influenced not only by his commitment, passion and drive but also his enthusiasm and ready wit. A gifted commander he had the self-confidence of an assured professional yet was also modest and willing to learn.

    "All of this earned him the respect of all those he touched. The commitment he showed to his task in Afghanistan and every challenge he undertook was an inspiration.

    "He was a rising star in every sense who had a huge amount to offer. He is a tremendous loss and our thoughts are with his family and many friends at this very difficult time."

    Following the incident Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne issued this statement:

    "I wish to express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured in this attack. My thoughts are with them and those troops continuing their difficult task of helping to ensure Afghanistan remains secure."

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    UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    More than 3,000 British soldiers are serving in Afghanistan

    Two British soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan during operations in Helmand province.

    They were killed on Saturday when a rocket-propelled grenade struck one of the defensive posts at the regional headquarters in the town of Sangin.

    Both soldiers were serving with the 3rd Para Battlegroup.

    Five British soldiers have now been killed in the country in the last three weeks. Most of the 3,300 British troops in Afghanistan are in Helmand.

    A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "It is with deep regret that we can confirm that two British soldiers from the 3rd Para Battlegroup have been killed in action.

    "Their next of kin are being informed."

    Other soldiers are also thought to have been wounded in the attack but the military has declined to say how many.

    Defence secretary Des Browne said: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of those killed in the attack against UK troops in Afghanistan.

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    Canada had a bad day yesterday, as we laid Cpl Francesco Gomez and Cpl Jason Warren to rest in the National Memorial Cemetery, 4 more Patricia's gave their lives for us.

    Pte. Kevin Dallaire,

    Cpl. Bryce Jeffrey Keller and;

    Sgt. Vaughn Ingram

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    Afghan clashes 'leave five dead'

    At least four foreign soldiers and an Afghan soldier have been killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan.

    Three soldiers with US-led forces died in clashes in the volatile eastern region of Kunar, a spokesman said.

    A Nato soldier and an Afghan soldier were killed in a gun battle with Taleban fighters in southern Uruzgan province, an official said.

    Militants have recently stepped up their insurgency against government and foreign forces in the south and east.

    Insurgents attacked a joint Nato-Afghan army convoy in southern Afghanistan, according to a force spokesman.

    Three other Nato soldiers were wounded in the attack, officials said.

    The identities of the victims had not yet been released. It was also not clear if there were casualties among the Taleban combatants.

    The BBC Roland Buerk, in Kabul, says Afghanistan is going through its bloodiest period of violence since the fall of the Taleban in 2001 and Kunar province has seen much of the fighting.

    In recent weeks coalition troops have been pushing northwards into the remote mountains but the Taleban and their al-Qaeda allies have been hitting back.

    On Thursday a coalition soldier was killed and another wounded in an ambush.

    The US led coalition has been hampered by the rugged terrain and the ability of the insurgents to slip across Kunar's border with Pakistan into the tribal areas of the northwest frontier province to regroup, our correspondent says.

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    I would also like to mention the name of the two Dutch soldiers that died in the helicopter crash of 26 july. The didn't die by enemy contact but they deserve to be mentioned here because of there service for peace!

    Luitenant-kolonel mr. Jan van Twist (47) from the airforce and Sergeant Bart van Boxtel (29) from the army.

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    I would also like to mention the name of the two Dutch soldiers that died in the helicopter crash of 26 july. The didn't die by enemy contact but they deserve to be mentioned here because of there service for peace!

    Luitenant-kolonel mr. Jan van Twist (47) from the airforce and Sergeant Bart van Boxtel (29) from the army.

    :( Herr General, thank you for this post. I think I speak on behalf of all nations when I say, any soldier killed in the line of duty whilst on an operation tour, merits rememberance with the rest of the fallen, as if they hadn`t been deployed on active service in an active roll they wouldn`t have been there to pay the ultimate price in the first place.......We will remeber them all!!!!!!!!!! :(

    Are there any pictures of them?

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