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Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. A (female) Captain from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, died on 19 Apr 11 as a result of injuries sustained in the Nahr-e Saraj District. The Officer was fatally injured when dealing with an improvised explosive device found by 2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment. UK deaths since the start of Operations on 7 Oct 01 thus rose to 364, of whom 320 were killed as a result of hostile action. (MoD, 19 Apr 11.)
The Defence Secretary welcomed the announcement by the New Zealand Government that its Provincial Reconstruction Team is to be maintained in Bamyan Province until 2014. (MoD, 19 Apr 11.)
During an FCO briefing, it was said that 2011 would be crucial in consolidating gains and securing the conditions for the transition process in Afghanistan. (MoD, 20 Apr 11.)
The Defence Secretary and the Chief of Joint Operations visited 2nd Bn The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in Cyprus as the Battalion comes to the end of a three-year tour as Theatre Reserve Battalion, based in Episkopi. (MoD, 20 Apr 11.)
“Neither the UK nor its coalition partners have plans to trial legal opiate poppy production in Afghanistan.” (Ministerial Answer (MA), 27 Apr 11.)
A team from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) has been deployed to Afghanistan
“….to help shape future NATO Operations there”. (MoD, 28 Apr 11.)
Comment: The Chief of the Defence Staff, the Chief of the General Staff and the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff are to give evidence to the Defence Committee on ‘Operations in Afghanistan’ in Committee Room 16 of the Palace of Westminster on 11 May 11 at 10.30hrs. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/17, 02 May 11)

19 Apr 11. Libya: OP ELLAMY. NATO attacked a number of command and control facilities across Libya, which had been identified as playing a key role in the co-ordination of Colonel Qadhafi’s forces. As part of the Operation, RAF Tornado and Typhoon aircraft released their weapons while HMS TRIUMPH launched Tomahawk missiles. (MoD, 19 Apr 11.)
The National Security Council has decided to expand the diplomatic group in Benghazi with an additional military liaison advisory team. (MoD, 19 Apr 11.)
Tornado and Typhoon, flying as part of OP UNIFIED PROTECTOR, employed a mix of Brimstone and Paveway precision guided weapons to attack armoured vehicles and artillery. (MoD, 20 Apr 11.)
Tornado and Typhoon engaged further ground targets while HMS LIVERPOOL and HMS BROCKLESBY maintained patrols off the Libyan coast. In the Misrata area, RAF aircraft hit 50 targets during the past three weeks including 37 main battle tanks and 10 artillery pieces. (MoD, 21 Apr 11.)
Tornado and Typhoon continued to attack ground targets. (MoD, 23, 26 & 27 Apr 11.)
Dual-mode Brimstone missiles have been transferred from Afghanistan to OP ELLAMY. (MA, 26 Apr 11.)
The Foreign Secretary made a Statement to the House of Commons “on recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa”. (FCO, 26 Apr 11.)
The Defence Secretary and the Chief of the Defence Staff met their US counterparts in Washington DC in order to discuss Operations, including those in Libya

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