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21 Aug 11. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. The Sentinel R1 aircraft of V (AC) Squadron RAF made a full return to Operations in support of US Marines,
30 Commando Brigade Reconnaissance Force and Afghan troops in Helmand Province. (RAF, 21 Aug 11.)
Afghan Forces discovered over four tonnes of illegal fertiliser (ammonium nitrate) in Khosh Kowa, East of Lashkar Gah. British Forces provided an outer cordon for the Afghans. (TFH Media Ops, 21 Aug 11.)
Afghan Police took part in a helicopter assault Operation alongside soldiers from 1st Bn The Rifles. The Operation was aimed at disrupting insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj District. (MoD, 21 Aug 11.)
Despite experiencing “a massive explosion” a Mastiff vehicle operated by 31 Armoured Engineer Squadron only sustained minor damage. There were no casualties among the passengers. (TFH Media Ops, 23 Aug 11.)
Following the closure of RAF Lyneham the repatriation of Service personnel killed on Operations will move to RAF Brize Norton on 1 Sep 11. (MoD, 26 Aug 11.)
AFGHANISTAN: INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCE (ISAF)
TROOP CONTRIBUTING NATIONS (TCN) AS AT 16 AUG 11
United States 90,000
New Zealand 190
United Kingdom 9,500
Netherlands 184
Germany 5,000
Latvia 173
Italy 3,974
Macedonia 163
France 3,939
Greece 160
Poland 2,579
Estonia 159
Romania 1,949
Finland 156
Turkey 1,840
Portugal 140
Australia 1,550
Armenia 126
Spain 1,523
Mongolia 114
Georgia 937
Azerbaijan 94
Denmark 750
Slovenia 78
Czech Republic 620
Bosnia-Herzegovina 55
Bulgaria 602
Tonga 55
Belgium 521
Singapore 40
Canada 513
Montenegro 36
Sweden 500
United Arab Emirates 35
Hungary 433
Malaysia 34
Norway 428
Ukraine 22
Korea (RoK) 350
Luxembourg 11
Croatia 321
Ireland 7
Slovakia 309
Iceland 4
Albania 285
Austria 3
Lithuania 235
Jordan 0
TOTAL1 30,697
(Source: ISAF.)
It should be noted that the above totals are approximations and actual numbers change daily.
Comment: There has been a slight decrease in the number of troops contributing to ISAF. The Canadian contingent has been reduced by 2,400, following the end of their combat mission in July. The Canadians remaining in Afghan

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