The United Kingdom suffered its 300th fatality in Afghanistan with the death of a Royal Marine from injuries suffered this month, the Ministry of Defence announced Monday.
The Marine died in a Birmingham, England, hospital on Sunday after being wounded in an explosion in Helmand province on June 12, the ministry said.
His family was with him when he died. They asked that no further information be released for 24 hours, the ministry said.
Matiullah Mati is a producer at CNN in Afghanistan. He writes about his and other Afghans' impressions on the announcement of the mineral wealth find. The opinions expressed in this guest blog are solely those of Matiullah Mati.
Since my birth in Afghanistan 31 years ago, all my friends and I ever heard was that Afghanistan is the fourth poorest country in the world. Through that time, all we experienced was war, never anything else. We did not know anything but war and dreamed of immigrating to other countries to make better lives. We had no idea our country and ourselves were sleeping on treasure. FULL POST