Posts Tagged British Army

SAS K9 Kills Jihadi In Syria

From The Daily Star:

The animal tore the throat out of one gunman as he shot at the Brits.

It then attacked two others, leaving them seriously injured.

Six more jihadis fled.

The incident occurred in the north of Syria two months ago but details of the dog’s bravery can only now be made public.

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Soldier Involved In 17 Bomb Attacks To Receive Award

From The Telegraph:

The soldier, who has been nicknamed “bomb magnet”, has been awarded the Military Cross for his actions after the latest attack, when he helped to coordinate the evacuation of injured soldiers, as well as a senior Afghan general and his men, as he lay wounded on the ground.

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Black Hornet British Drone

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Attack on Camp Bastion: The Destruction of VMA-211

From: Defense Media

The attack on Camp Bastion began at around 10:00 PM local time, when about 20 Taliban fighters approached the perimeter, disguised in U.S. battle dress uniforms. One of the Taliban used his explosive suicide vest to blow a hole in the perimeter fence, which reportedly allowed three five-man sapper squads into the secured areas of the base. Armed with AK-47s, RPG-7s and explosive suicide vests, the Taliban fighters flooded into the U.S. area known as Camp Barber.

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Body of soldier Liam Tasker brought back to Britain with the ashes of his dog

 

“The body of a Fife soldier who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month has been flown back to Britain, along with the ashes of his loyal dog who died just hours after him.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker (26), from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, became the 358th British soldier to die in Afghanistan since 2001, after he was shot on March 1 while he and his springer spaniel, Theo, were on patrol in Helmand Province.
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While Theo initially survived the attack, he died on return to the British base at Camp Bastion.

The pair, deemed “inseparable” by colleagues, were flown to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire from Afghanistan on Thursday.”

Original Warrior Times post.

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Fife/article/11720/body-of-fife-soldier-lance-corporal-liam-tasker-is-brought-back-to-britain.html

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Lance Corporal Liam Richard Tasker killed in Afghanistan

No doubt Tasker and Theo were targeted because they were saving lives by finding IEDs

From: MOD

2 Mar 11

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal Liam Richard Tasker, from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 1 March 2011.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and Theo

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and Theo - MOD

Lance Corporal Tasker deployed to Afghanistan on 8 September 2010 as part of 1st Military Working Dog Regiment. Having trained as an Arms and Explosives Search dog handler, he was attached to 1st Battalion Irish Guards on 19 February 2011.

On 1 March 2011, LCpl Tasker was taking part in a patrol with his dog, Theo, when they were engaged by small arms fire, during which LCpl Tasker was struck and died from the injuries he sustained. Sadly on return to Camp Bastion, Theo suffered a seizure and died.

Lance Corporal Liam Richard Tasker

LCpl Liam Tasker was born on the 11 December 1984 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. He joined the Army in 2001 and was originally a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. His passion though, was always dogs which led to his transfer to the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in 2007.

A trainer who had a natural empathy with dogs, he was a rising star within the Dog Training group. In 2010, he was posted to 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, St Georges Barracks, North Luffenham, Rutland, part of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment.

From the onset of his operational tour in Afghanistan, he provided strong search and clearance capability for units across Helmand Province. In a short period of time, he had significant success locating Improvised Explosive Devices, weapons and bomb making equipment. His success undoubtedly saved many lives.

Lance Corporal Tasker was an outgoing, jovial and friendly character. He was extremely popular within the Squadron. His easy going, confident approach belied a consummate professional. He always strived to be the best and within the Squadron he was one of the best and he will be sorely missed by all in the Squadron.

He can never be replaced and will always be remembered. He was a fun, friendly, talkative character who always wanted the best from his dog, his troops, and himself.

He leaves behind his mother Jane Duffy, his father Ian Tasker, his brother Ian and his two sisters, Laura and Nicola, and girlfriend Leah.

Liam’s family said:

“There are three words that best describe Liam, larger than life. He lit up every room he walked into with his cheeky smile. He was the best son, grandson, brother and friend you could ever wish to meet. He died a hero doing a job he was immensely passionate about. We are so proud of him and everything he’s achieved. Words can’t describe how sorely he will be missed.

“Sleep well Liam you are forever in our hearts.”

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Four more British soldiers die in Afghanistan

Marine Jonathan Crookes died while on foot patrol in the Helmand Province

“Four British soldiers have died in Afghanistan over a 24 hour period, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

A British marine and two British soldiers were killed in separate explosions in Helmand yesterday.

The marine was named by the Ministry of Defence today as Jonathan Crookes.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1295469/Four-British-soldiers-die-Afghanistan-taking-death-toll-322.html#ixzz0u3uh6bQI

Major James Bowman on a patrol in Helmand on June 26. He was killed this week by a rogue Afghan soldier

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