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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