3 BRITS DEAD IN OP.
THREE British servicemen have been killed in Afghanistan in less than 24 hours, bringing the UK death toll to 321.
A Royal Marine and a Royal Dragoon Guard died in separate explosions and an airman was killed in a road accident.
All three were part of a major operation against the Taliban in Helmand - the first to be led by Afghan commanders.
The Marine died while on foot patrol in Sangin yesterday.
He is the 17th casualty from 40 Commando.
The Dragoon was killed in a blast in Nahr-e Saraj district.
And the RAF man died near Camp Bastion on Friday.
They have not yet been named but relatives have been told. Last night Lt Col James Carr-Smith, a spokesman for the operation, praised the victims' "courage, sacrifice and commitment".
Afghan generals have been working with the US Army's Maj Gen Richard Mills and Britain's Brig Richard Felton in the week-long surge against Taliban strongholds.
SURGE: Mills and Felton
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|Publication:||The People (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 18, 2010|
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