Afghanistan

Defence written question – answered on 18th December 2012.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) names of members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed on operations were read out during ceremonies at ISAF-headquarters to honour the dead, (b) Afghan nationals were killed on operations and (c) members of the Afghan National Army were killed on operations in each week of 2012 to date.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters holds a service every Sunday morning, during which the names of ISAF personnel who have been killed in the intervening period are read out. Details of fatalities are released publicly as they are confirmed, not on a weekly basis. These press releases are available at the ISAF website at:

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/casualty-report/index.php

Between 1 January 2012 and 18 December 2012, 274 ISAF soldiers have died on operations.

While we investigate carefully all alleged incidents involving UK forces, the Government does not record total figures for insurgent or civilian casualties in Afghanistan because of the immense difficulty and risks that would be involved in collecting robust data. The UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan released its own most recent report on civilian casualties in July 2012, which recorded a total of 1,145 civilian deaths from 1 January to 31 June 2012, 80% of which were attributed to anti-government forces, and 10% of which could not be attributed.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan does not release figures for Afghan National Security Force fatalities.

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