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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel have been (a) injured and (b) killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan since 2001. (240349)

The numbers of service personnel killed and injured while serving in Afghanistan are published on the Departmental website at fortnightly intervals, two weeks in arrears, at the following address:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/DoctrineOperationsand DiplomacyPublications/OperationsInAfghanistan/OpHerrickCasualtyAndFatalityTables.htm

For convenience, the figures to 15 November 2008, the latest available, are reproduced in the following table:

Casualties (very seriously or seriously injured)

Fatalities

2001

0

0

2002

1

3

2003

1

0

2004

6

1

2005

2

1

2006

31

39

2007

63

42

2008

58

39

It is not possible to provide precise figures for injuries or fatalities resulting from action by friendly forces since it is not possible in each and every case precisely to determine definitively whether incidents were caused by enemy, Afghan or coalition forces.