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Help for Helmand villagers; morale boost for British troops

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No 3 Company The First Battalion The Grenadier Guards deploy out of an RAF Chinook Helicopter in Afghanistan.
Image: Sergeant Will Craig

Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Mayo reports,

"This operation is another important step in continuing the progress we have made recently in providing the enduring security conditions required for the Afghan Government to remove Taliban influence from the communities in Sangin and the Upper Gereshk Valley.

"The local people have welcomed Afghan National Army and Task Force Helmand soldiers and are pleased that we are driving the Taliban out of their villages. They know that Afghan National Army and ISAF soldiers [International Security Assistance Forces] are working hard to deliver the peace and stability they so desperately want."

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Debee Orrell, the mother of LCpl Orrell in No 3 Company The First Battalion The Grenadier Guards, has been coordinating the delivery of hundreds of small parcels to soldiers in Afghanistan from her Granby Arms pub, in Uppermill near Saddleworth. The local church and old age pensioners are helping. "It's just a little bit of morale in a box," Debee says. The boxes are filled with "luxuries" - sweets, toiletries, extra socks, and notes of support.

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