British troops of the Third Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, plus support elements, totalling up to around 400 personnel, deployed to Zabul Province on 3 June 2008. The troops form the Regional Battlegroup (South), whose mission is to undertake mobile operations against known Taliban areas of activity across the southern region, without being tied to a particular geographical area.
The security situation in Zabul province is generally similar to other areas of the southern region of Afghanistan, in that ISAF forces continue to make progress in disrupting Taliban activity and thereby enabling reconstruction and development activity.
The UK armed forces have suffered 106 fatalities in Afghanistan since 2001. We do not comment on the casualties suffered by other nations, which are matters for the countries concerned.