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01 Jul 11. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. From 1 Jan 06 to 15 Jun 11, 1,712 personnel were Wounded in Action and 4,709 were aeromedically evacuated. (DASA, 1 Jul 11.) From 1 to 15 Jun 11 the figures were 11 and 48.
As at 31 May 11, approximately 3% of UK Armed Forces deployed in Afghanistan were members of the Territorial Army. (Written Answer (WA), 27 Jun 11.)
Following OP OMID HAFT against insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj District, “locals are benefiting from improved security and freedom of movement”. (MoD, 28 Jun 11.)
There are eight UK Tornado GR4 and three UK C-130 Hercules deployed in Afghanistan. (WA, 28 Jun 11.)
Female Engagement Teams (FET) work alongside 3 Commando Brigade and have become an important asset in the Campaign. FET personnel are drawn from across the Armed Forces. (MoD, 29 Jun 11.)
Royal Marines found a large stack of bombs and a Taliban training camp, following a daylight raid in the Nahr-e Saraj District. (MoD, 29 Jun 11.)
Comment: The Foreign Secretary condemned (29 Jun 11) an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul “in the strongest terms”.
Direct talks are said to be under way between the US and the Taliban, with the aim of ending conflict in Afghanistan. A useful briefing is published with ‘The Week’ dated 2 Jul 11.
(Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/26, 04 Jul 11)

27 Jun 11. Libya: OP ELLAMY. The UK recognises the National Transitional Council as the legitimate representatives of the Libyan people. (WA, 27 Jun 11.)
There are no credible reports of British nationals working as mercenaries in Libya. There are fewer than 20 members of the UK Armed Forces temporarily based in Benghazi, as the Defence advisory team to the FCO diplomatic mission and as a mentoring team in support of the National Transitional Council. (MA, 17 Jun 11.)
British forces continued to take military action against Colonel Qadhafi’s troops. (MoD, 30 Jun 11.)
The following additional equipment has been granted to the National Transitional Council for the sole use of the civilian Police force: 5,000 sets of body armour, 6,650 police uniforms, 5,000 high visibility vests/T-shirts and communications equipment. (Foreign Secretary, 30 Jun 11.)
HMS LIVERPOOL fired her 4.5in (11.5cm) gun to persuade three rigid inflatables and a small craft to return to Zlitan Harbour. (MoD, 30 Jun 11.)
Having relieved HMS BROCKLESBY, HMS BANGOR arrived off the coast of Libya. (MoD, 1 Jul 11.)
British forces have taken further co-ordinated action against pro-Qadhafi forces. (MoD, 2 Jul 11.)
Comment: The Foreign Secretary made a Statement to the House of Commons (29 Jun 11) covering ‘Libya, North Africa and the Middle East’. The UK “continues to play its full part in implementing the No Fly Zone over Libya and the measures called for in UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 to protect civilians.”.
(Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/26, 04 Jul 11)

29 Jun 11. Nuclear Warheads: Reduction. The Defence Secretary announced (29 Jun 11) that the programme for implementing the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) nuclear warhead reductions has started. At least one Vanguard Class S

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