June 21st, 2010
01:26 PM ET

U.K. suffers 300th Afghanistan fatality

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.

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His family was with him when he died. They asked that no further information be released for 24 hours, the ministry said.

“It is desperately sad news. Another family with such grief and pain and loss,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said. “Of course the 300th death is no more or less tragic than the 299 that came before.”

“It is a moment, I think, for the whole country to reflect on the incredible service and sacrifice and dedication that our armed services give on our behalf,” Cameron said.

The United Kingdom currently has 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, according to the Ministry of Defence. Of that number, some 8,000 troops are located in Helmand province.

At least 1,110 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 campaign against the Taliban began, according to CNN records.


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