A British soldier serving with the Parachute Regiment killed in Iraq this week has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Sergeant Eddie Collins.

The MoD said he died on Wednesday during an operation “in support of ongoing coalition activity”.

It has been reported that he was on a special forces mission and was a member of the Special Air Service (SAS).

Sgt Collins’ commanding officer said he was “a champion soldier, a proud and loving family man and a great friend”.

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A British soldier thought to be serving with the Special Air Service (SAS) has been killed in central Iraq.
The Ministry of Defence says the soldier, a member of the Parachute Regiment, died on Wednesday.

It is understood he was on a special forces mission. The MoD said the operation was “in support of ongoing coalition activity in Iraq”.

The soldier has not been named, but next-of-kin have been informed. Further details are expected on Saturday.

The death brings to 169 the number of UK armed forces personnel or MoD civilians who have died in Iraq since the start of the campaign in March 2003.

Forty-two soldiers have died so far this year.


If you visit Andy McNab’s official website (where he will read aloud to you for a price), you’ll notice the “International Crisis” news scroll that comes directly from Hereford security firm AKE Group Ltd.

Now, what kind of secret, inside info do the ex-SAS operators at AKE provide?  Here’s a taste:

Foreign personnel are considered highly attractive targets by insurgents and are particularly exposed to attack when travelling outside secure compounds.

Jesus, Randy McFab could have told us that.  To be fair, there is some really good inside info, such as the fact that Afghanistan is dangerous.  Good work, AKE, and thank you Andy for keeping us all informed.


If you thought operating behind enemy lines for days was tough, try keeping your greedy kids from doing the hungry-vulture bit over your leftovers once you’ve ridden the midnight train to Slab City :

A FALKLANDS War hero who was sent to the islands three weeks before the Task Force arrived has put his medals up for auction – and they could go for £10,000.
SBS Royal Marine Sgt Tim Collins won the Military Medal for gallantry after he and three colleagues hid in a hole in the ground and reported on Argentinian troop movements. The men became known as the Interflora Squad because they had to cover themselves in new foliage each day to stay camouflaged.
Sgt Collins, now in his 50s, also won the South Atlantic Medal with rosette.
He auctioning them along with his General Service Medal with Northern Ireland clasp and his naval long service medal.
Also going under the hammer is a picture of the Interflora Squad drawn by a war artist.
He is selling his medals to prevent his children arguing about them when he is gone.

Perhaps I’m a bit thick, but the guy’s got four medals and a painting–so I assume he has more than five kids? Or can’t just divide evenly and then sell the one leftover? Far be it from me to question a war hero, but this sounds like another case that proves child-rearing can be tougher than combat.
If you want a go at his medals, here’s the auction page. You have ’til 21 September to save up for it (scroll down a bit on the auction page to see the medals).
Click here to read the full story in the Dorset Echo.


What do you do when delinquent Newcastle teens wreck your beauty spot?  If you’re Tynedale land agents Land Factor, you call in the SAS (or at least consider it).

Watersmeet, a stretch of private land at the junction of the North and South Tynes, near Acomb, has been plagued in recent years by groups of youths coming in from Newcastle.
Recently the problem has degenerated with reported cases of violence, drug-use and theft.
Land agents Land Factor, acting on behalf of the owners, revealed on Wednesday night that they had investigated an exhaustive list of possible solutions – including bringing in the toughest of ex-military personnel.
Director Tom Warde-Aldam told Acomb Parish Council: “There are organisations we can get in to carry out a warden-type function.
“The ex-SAS know their rights and they are fairly intimidating…”

Andy McNab hasn’t been contacted to take on the job, but you never know.


Meltdown by Andy McNabANDY MCNAB and co-writer ROBERT RIGBY write Fourth And Final book In The Boy Soldier Series: MELTDOWN
On May 8th Doubleday Children’s Books has published the final book in the Boy Soldier series which follows the lives of 18 year-old Danny Watts and his ex-SAS grandfather, Fergus Watts.

A lethal new drug known as Meltdown with devastating side-effects is threatening to destabilise society. Danny and Fergus are recruited by the Head of Security Services in M15, to discover the mastermind behind the drug. Their search takes them from the clubs of Manchester to Spain and Germany and brings them up against an old adversary, someone Danny hoped he would never encounter again. And this time, it is a battle to the end.

MELTDOWN is a highly charged and hard-hitting adventure story which brings all the authenticity of Andy McNab’s SAS past into an explosive and fast-moving thriller, perfectly aimed at older children.

ANDY MCNAB on moving to the world of drugs in Meltdown:
“In cash terms, the trafficking of drugs is the third largest global commodity, coming only after the oil industry and the arms trade. But the sheer scale of the problem is no excuse to stop fighting it and we felt it was an interesting and relevant issue to highlight in a book for young readers.”

Co-writer ROBERT RIGBY adds:
“We set out to create great stories incorporating many of Andy’s incredible real-life experiences and we’re delighted that so many teenagers are enjoying our Boy Soldier series. We always planned to have four books which would stand on their own and also as part of a series. It’s been terrific fun seeing how our main characters, Danny and Fergus Watts, develop but we knew with Meltdown it was time to let go.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and NOT just for the young ones! Order your copy here.