Georgian Army Corporal Shalva Pailodze from the 31st Infantry Battalion of the 3rd Brigade, was killed in action on 6th January 2012 during an enemy attack on his patrol unit in Helmand province. A Georgian Ministry of Defense statement said he "was killed as a result of a fatal injury during an attack by Taliban insurgents."
Corporal Pailodze, who joined the Georgian armed force in 2008, had the Medal for Participation in International Operations, according to the MoD.
This is the second Georgian Army fatality in a week and the twelfth one since Georgia joined the NATO-led operation in November 2009.
The 31st infantry battalion is now in Helmand province for its second, six-month deployment.