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UPDATE British soldier died to free NY Times journalist

Corporal John Harrison, 29, of the Parachute Regiment but serving with a Special Forces Unit, died in a daring pre-dawn raid on Wednesday to free Stephen Farrell, the British-born New York Times reporter.

Army sources have expressed "disquiet" about the operation after it emerged that Mr Farrell had ignored security advice from Afghan police who told him not to travel in the area where he was captured, which is a known Taliban stronghold.

If this is true, it is very disturbing.

Once again, and with heavy hearts, we gaze at the soldier who was lost -

Corporal Harrison was described as "a tower of strength" and "a remarkable man".

"His hallmark was an undemonstrative, yet profound, professionalism; he cared deeply about his work, and more deeply still about those he commanded and served alongside. . .He was an unflinching and inspirational man with a deep, deep pool of courage, who died as he lived - at the forefront of his men.

Ave atque Vale.

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