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NATO mourns Britain's 300th military fatality in Afghanistan

06-22-2010 17:54 BJT

BRUSSELS, June 21 (Xinhua) -- NATO Secretary General Fogh Ramussen expressed condolences to Britain on Monday for the country's 300th military death in Afghanistan.

"I express my deep condolences to the United Kingdom for the losses British forces have suffered in Afghanistan. My thoughts are in particular with the families of the 300 British soldiers who have lost their lives in this vital mission," Ramussen said in a statement.

"These soldiers, and their comrades from 45 countries who serve in the mission, have helped to ensure that Afghanistan is no longer a safe haven for terrorists who can threaten our streets, airports and metros," he said.

"A safer Afghanistan means a safer world; our soldiers are making an enormous sacrifice, but they are also making steady progress in helping to meet that goal," the Dane said.

The British Ministry of Defense announced on Monday the death of the 300th soldier in Afghanistan since NATO operations began in 2001.

About 9,500 British military personnel are deployed in Afghanistan as part of a 46-nation NATO-led international force. Opinion polls show that most Britons want the troops pulled out of Afghanistan.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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