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UK soldier killed on patrol in Afghanistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, June 4, IRNA -- A soldier from The Royal Regiment of Scotland has become the latest victim of Britain's involvement in the 10-year-old war in Afghanistan, according to the Ministry of Defence.

The soldier, who has yet to be named, was killed while on security patrol in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province, when he came under fire from rifles and rocket propelled grenades on Friday.

His death brings the total number of British troops killed in Afghanistan since the overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001 to 369, 190 more than the number killed during the Iraq war.

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to end British combat operations in Afghanistan by 2015 and is hoping to start to reduce the UK's current deployment of 10,000 troops later this year by gradually passing responsibility for security to the Afghan army.

British casualties in the war reached their peak in 2009 and 2010, when fatalities average more than 100 a year, but the numbers were drastically reduced with the influx of US reinforcement in Helmand province last autumn.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30417237

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