Italian intelligence agent, Warrant Officer Lorenzo D'Auria, aged 33, who was critically injured in Afghanistan during a commando raid which freed him from kidnappers, died on 10th April 2007.
WO D'Auria suffered severe injuries to the head and neck during a raid by British and Italian special forces on 24th September last year. It remains unclear whether he was shot by his captors or in friendly fire.
D'Auria, who was rushed back to Italy, was put on a life support system at Rome's Celio military hospital. Sadly he died from his injuries.
The SISMI intelligence agent, along with a fellow agent and their Afghan
interpreter, was taken hostage on 23rd September by bandits believed to be linked to the Taliban.
The second agent and the interpreter were also injured in the rescue mission but their wounds were not life-threatening. All eight of the kidnappers were killed in the raid as was the agents' Afghan driver, while the NATO forces suffered no casualties.
During 2006 and 2007 the British Commando units suffered a total of 12 fatalities as follows:
4 - 29 Commando Royal Artillery
4 - 42 Commando Royal Marines
4 - 45 Commando Royal Marines
08 Mar 2007 - Michael Smith, 29 Commando Royal Artillery
After almost 22 years of military service, WO2 Michael 'Mick' Smith, aged 39, died from injuries sustained when a grenade was fired at the UK base in Sangin, Helmand Province.
06 Mar 2007 - Benjamin Reddy, 42 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Reddy, aged 22, was killed when his unit came under fire during a deliberate clearance operation in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province.
03 Mar 2007 - Liam McLaughlin, 29 Commando Royal Artillery
Killed alongside Ross Clark, who were friends and colleagues, died during a rocket attack in the Sangin area of Helmand. Lance Bombardier Liam McLaughlin, known simply as 'Paddy' to all who served with him, was born on 17 December 1985, and was brought up in Lancashire. He enlisted in the Army in September 2002, spending a year at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate before joining 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery in November 2003.
03 Mar 2007 - Ross Clark, 29 Commando Royal Artillery
Killed alongside Liam McLaughlin, who were friends and colleagues, died during a rocket attack in the Sangin area of Helmand. Born in Zimbabwe on 18 July 1981, Lance Bombardier Ross Clark was brought up in South Africa before joining the British Army in April 2002.
22 Feb 2007 - Scott Summers, 42 Commando Royal Marines
Involved in a traffic accident that occurred when Marine Summers was driving a Pinzgauer vehicle as part of a routine convoy in Helmand province on 4 February 2007.
21 Feb 2007 - Jonathan Holland, 45 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Holland died as a result of injuries sustained from a mine strike, while on a routine patrol in the Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
15 Jan 2007 - Mathew Ford, 45 Commando Royal Marines
Lance Corporal Ford died when elements of 45 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation to the south of Garmsir in southern Helmand.
The Royal Marine Commandos were attacking a major Taliban fort. This entailed them crossing a river, assaulting a walled compound and engaging in close quarter fighting. It was during the initial breach of the compound that Lance Corporal Ford was shot and killed instantly.
13 Jan 2007 - Thomas Curry, 42 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Curry died when elements of 42 Commando Royal Marines were engaged in a deliberate offensive operation near Kajaki, in Northern Helmand.
The Royal Marines Commandos were engaged in close-quarter fighting with the Taleban, and it was during this action that Marine Curry was killed. He died instantly as a result of enemy small arms fire.
27 Dec 2006 - James Dwyer, 29 Commando Royal Artillery
Lance Bombardier Dwyer, aged 22, was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck an anti-tank mine whilst on a patrol in southern Helmand.
12 Dec 2006 - Richard Watson, 42 Commando Royal Marines
Elements from the UK Task Force were patrolling to the north of Now Zad, a district in the North of Helmand, when they came under attack from Taliban forces.
During the contact Marine Watson was hit by small arms fire and fatally wounded. An emergency quick reaction helicopter along with a full medical team was immediately dispatched to Now Zad. Marine Watson was then evacuated to the UK hospital at Camp Bastion, where he was sadly pronounced dead. No other servicemen were injured.
05 Dec 2006 - Jonathan Wigley, 45 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Wigley died as a result of injuries sustained while on an Afghan and UK Task Force force operation on the outskirts of the village of Garmsir, to dislodge Taliban forces who had been responsible for attacks on the town in recent days. He was airlifted to a UK hospital in Camp Bastion, where he sadly later died from his wounds.
18 Oct 2006 - Gary Wright, 45 Commando Royal Marines
Marine Gary Wright died as a result of injuries sustained when a suicide-borne improvised explosive device detonated next to the vehicle in which he was patrolling in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province.