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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  1. MatR

    David Darling – are you serious? The UK doesn't face a threat from Afghan terrorists, and never has. We only went in there to help the USA once you'd already invaded, and we get sweet all thanks for it. With friends like you, we should get the heck out of there now and leave you to clean up your own mess.

    And for your information, UK troops have died at a rate 3 or 4 times higher than US troops because we've been in the lousiest parts of Afghanistan.

    Your insensitivity is as mind boggling as your spelling.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. buddy777

    It started out with the 1st soldier down..... now 1130th.... 300th......148th....44th ...... new definitions of victory and measures of success emerging...... but ..... END not in sight.

    June 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jonah

    @ David Darling

    Not really sure what you're so worked up about. It is what is, bro.

    June 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David Darling

    why is it so important if 300 UK residents died ?
    Some countries are losing 300-400 resident/day coz of these terrorists.

    in 9 year of war only 300 died, it's not something surprising at all.
    All humans are equal, UK or American or Asian or whateva.

    It's like expecting no dead in 9 years of war.

    Let me give you a damn Clear Example, UK is forcing to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Imagine all troops are out of Afghanistan and let the terrorists be there.
    What if those terrorists come to UK and bomb in the UK in future, UK will lose 300 resident in just one damn day. what will you say then ?

    Isn't it better to lose 300 troops in 9 year then losing 300 in one day ?

    Be wise other wise you wont rise.

    June 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kolawole Ajao

    May his soul rest in peace.

    June 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |