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28 May 11. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. A Colour Serjeant from 1st Bn The Rifles was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Saidabad Kalay area on 23 May 11. Two Royal Marines from 42 Commando were killed by an IED in the Nad-e Ali District on 27 May 11. UK deaths since the start of Operations on 7 Oct 01 thus rose to 368, of whom 324 were killed as a result of hostile action. (MoD, 23 & 28 May 11.)
Soldiers from The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and 3rd Bn The Mercian Regiment completed a three-day Operation to disrupt insurgent activity in the Upper Gereshk Valley. (MoD, 23 May 11.)
The Brigade Reconnaissance Force, made up of members of 30 Commando Royal Marines and others, raided a compound West of Gereshk and uncovered drugs, weapons and ammunition. (MoD, 24 May 11.)
In the two years to 23 Mar 11, fixed wing aircraft dropped 48 precision-guided munitions in Afghanistan and remotely piloted systems (i.e. Reaper) dropped 18 GBU-12 bombs and 61 AGM-14 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles. (Written Answers (WA), 24 May 11.)
The Brigade Reconnaissance Force and Afghan troops carried out an Operation in the Zumbalay region and seized homemade bombs and other weapons. (MoD, 25 May 11.)
Comment: On 23 May 11 the Commanding Officer of 2nd Bn The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment was presented with the Estonian Defence Forces Meritorious Service Cross by the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces. The presentation took place at Lancaster House in the presence of the Estonian Ambassador and Defence Attaché, the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Chief of the General Staff. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/21, 30 May 11)

27 May 11. He was the Bosnian Serb general who called himself “God” and who is charged with masterminding the only incidence of genocide to have taken place on European soil since the Holocaust. Ratko Mladic, leader of the Bosnian Serb army during the 1992-5 conflicts in Bosnia and Croatia, was arrested yesterday in a small village in northern Serbia after 16 years on the run. He had been living with relatives under the assumed name of Milorad Komadic, the Serbian equivalent of “John Smith”. Government minister Rasim Ljajic said “Mladic looked like an old man” when he was arrested.
“One could pass by him without recognising him,” the minister said. “He was pale, which could mean he rarely ventured out of the house – a probable reason why he went unnoticed.”
Mr Ljajic said Mladic had two handguns in his possession but did not resist arrest and “was co-operative”. Serbian state TV said Mladic was now bald and appeared “worn out”. His arrest was announced by Serbian president Boris Tadic hours before the arrival in Belgrade of European Union foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton to discuss his country’s application for membership of the EU. “Today we closed one chapter in our recent history that will bring us one step closer to full reconciliation in the region,” Mr Tadic said. (Source: Scotsman)

26 May 11. France and Britain are putting 16 ground attack helicopters on standby to launch attacks on Muammer Gaddafi’s regime in Libya amid claims in the west that his grip

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