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New deaths take UK death toll past 200-mark in Afghanistan

world Updated: Aug 16, 2009 19:35 IST

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Two more British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, taking the number of troops killed there to 201 as Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the mission to defeat the Taliban was key to the country’s security since three-quarters of terrorist plots were hatched in the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A soldier from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh, died in hospital from wounds. The second, from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died after an explosion yesterday while on foot patrol in Sangin, Helmand province, the Defence Ministry announced.

Brown described the grim milestone of 200 deaths “deeply tragic news.”

Paying tribute to the fallen, Brown admitted it had been “a very difficult summer”, but said progress was being made.

He said the efforts of the British forces were helping to make the world safer and that progress had been made in allowing forthcoming Afghan elections to take place.

Brown said the mission to defeat the Taliban was essential to British security because “three-quarters of terrorist plots against Britain come from the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

“British troops are fighting bravely there to protect us,” Brown said. “The best way to honor the memory of those who have died is to see that commitment through,” he said.