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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serious hand injuries have occurred to soldiers in (a) Iran and (b) Afghanistan over the last 12 months. (157439)

[holding answer 18 October 2007]: This answer presumes that the question was meant to refer to Iraq, rather than Iran.

Taking a serious hand injury to mean an amputation, open fracture, degloving (removal from the bone of the surrounding muscle and skin structure), or major laceration of artery or vein, our records show that since 1 October 2006 there have been 15 cases in Iraq and seven cases in Afghanistan.