British Troops Put in 'Dreadful Danger'

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British Troops Put in 'Dreadful Danger'


Byline: By Sam Marsden

The father of a soldier killed fighting Taliban forces in Afghanistan has attacked the Government for putting British troops in "dreadful danger".

Paratrooper Private Dam-ien Jackson, aged 19, from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, is the sixth British serviceman to be killed in the troubled southern province of Helmand in the past month.

His father Daniel said he was "extremely proud" of his son and supported the British Army in Afghanistan, but added his family "in no way" supported Government policy.

Pte Jackson, from The 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, was taking part in a foot patrol to clear a helicopter landing site in Sangin town on Wednesday when his unit was ambushed.

A keen football fan and Sunderland FC season-ticket holder who had previously served in Northern Ireland and Iraq, he died just four days before his 20th birthday.

His father Daniel said in a statement: "I wish everyone to know just how extremely proud I am of my son Damien - of all that he has achieved in his lifetime and of the fact that he died, when duty called, protecting others, in the service of his country.

"A fine, upstanding South Shields lad, Damien was immensely proud to have achieved his ultimate ambition in becoming a member of the finest regiment in the British Army.

"He will be missed and fondly remembered by everyone who knew him.

"My family and I fully support the British Army in Afghanistan whilst in no way supporting or condoning a Government policy which has placed our young men and women in such dreadful danger."

Defence Secretary Des Browne said he had received advice on sending extra troops to Afghanistan and was considering it "as a matter of urgency" with the Chiefs of Staff. …

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