What is the human cost of the war in Afghanistan for British forces? As British troop deaths reach 425, these are the latest figures - including the most recent wounded and amputation statistics
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Six soldiers who were killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan: top row left to right, Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley and Private Anthony Frampton, with bottom row left to right, Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford Photograph: MOD/PA
With the latest deaths caused by the war in Afghanistan, the total number of British troop fatalities during the conflict now stands at 425.
The 400 mark was passed when six British soldiers were killed in an explosion on 6 March.
In April the MoD released the latest annual numbers on amputations. 46 UK troops serving in Afghanistan had limbs amputated between April 2011 and March 2012, 18 of them significant multiple amputees.
This is a significant reduction from 2010/11, when 75 service personnel suffered amputations. Seven troops suffered amputations in the first quarter of 2012.
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The number of British deaths in Afghanistan is now much higher than Iraq and even the Falklands conflict.
2009 was the bloodiest year for British troops in Afghanistan. 2010 nearly caught up. But last year, with the deployment of US troops to Helmand, things quietened down. So, when six soldiers die in one incident, the shock is real.
These are the numbers of British fatalities for Afghanistan - and Iraq, too - updated as they change.
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We've broken Afghanistan down month by month.
Research has found that the rate at which British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan is almost four times that of their US counterparts, and double the rate which is officially classified as "major combat".
Analysis by the Medical Research Council's biostatistics unitat the University of Cambridge also found that the death rate of UK troops is twice that of 2006, when they were described as being involved in the fiercest fighting since their involvement in Korea 50 years ago.
The researchers said the "UK could expect at least as manymilitary fatalities in 10 weeks in Afghanistan as in 20 weeks in 2006".
The official classification of "major combat" is a killing rate of six per 1,000 personnel years. For the 12 months up to May, the killing rate for British troops in Afghanistan stood at 13.
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More complicated are the wounded numbers. Rather than one simple set of statistics, the MoD gives us three - all of which are included as a sheet in the dataset below (and summarised down the page).
• Firstly, you have the Noticas numbers. These are the most seriously wounded cases, where the family has been informed the wounded person has been "listed"
• Then there are the people registered at field hospitals - which go from the seriously to the lightly wounded, from all causes, violent and otherwise
• Lastly there are the personnel who've been evacuated by air, which could be serious combat injuries or illnesses such as dysentry
This is how the MoD defines it:
'"Very Seriously ill/ Injured/wounded" or VSI is the definition we use where the illness or injury is of such severity that life or reason is imminently endangered. "Seriously ill/Injured/Wounded" or SI is the definition we use where the patient's condition is of such severity that there is cause for immediate concern, but there is no imminent danger to life or reason. The VSI and SI categories are defined by Joint Casualty and Compassionate Policy and Procedures. They are not strictly medical categories but are designed to give an indication of the severity of the illness to inform what the individual's next of kin are told.'
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British troops wounded in Afghanistan
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Total combat field hospital admissions
Field hospital admissions, wounded in action
Total serious casualties in action (recorded by NOTICAS)
Of total, number of most seriously injured or wounded
Evacuated by air - all causes, combat and non-combat
TOTAL (since 2003)
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• DATA: British dead and wounded, month by month as a spreadsheet - including names of dead
• DATA: US casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq
• DATA: how many troops does each country send to Afghanistan
• INTERACTIVE: rollcall of the British dead
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