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.