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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many improvised explosive device attacks there have been on British forces in Afghanistan in each month since January 2008. (279951)

Records of incidents for the whole of Afghanistan are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Data are more readily available for attacks within Regional Command (South), which includes the majority of UK forces deployed to Afghanistan. However, it is not possible, except at disproportionate cost, to identify attacks directed only at British forces given the multinational nature of forces operating in Regional Command (South).

Between 1 January 2008 and 31 May 2009 there were a total of 1,261 improvised explosive device attacks in Regional Command (South).

Improvised explosive device attacks

January 2008

54

February 2008

27

March 2008

51

April 2008

32

May 2008

31

June 2008

14

July 2008

115

August 2008

120

September 2008

106

October 2008

90

November 2008

99

December 2008

104

January 2009

83

February 2009

78

March 2009

85

April 2009

74

May 2009

98

These figures do not include improvised explosive device finds with no detonation or improvised explosive device false alarms. These data are based on information derived from a number of sources and can only be an estimate, not least because of the difficulties in ensuring a consistent interpretation of the basis of collating statistics in a complex fast-moving multinational operational environment.