Northern Ireland

Irish Guards on tour of duty in Afghanistan

An Irish Guard on the outskirts of Basra
Image caption An Irish Guard on an earlier tour in Iraq

The 1st Battalion Irish Guards have flown into Helmand to start a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

They will be working alongside the Afghan National Army.

It is the Irish Guards' first deployment to Afghanistan as a single unit.

Their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Ghika said their role in Afghanisation would be critical.

"We have trained really hard to get here. We bring a lot to the campaign and are focussed on what we have to do," he said.

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