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Irish Guards on tour of duty in Afghanistan

image captionAn Irish Guard on an earlier tour in Iraq

The 1st Battalion Irish Guards have flown into Helmand to start a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

They will be working alongside the Afghan National Army.

It is the Irish Guards' first deployment to Afghanistan as a single unit.

Their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Ghika said their role in Afghanisation would be critical.

"We have trained really hard to get here. We bring a lot to the campaign and are focussed on what we have to do," he said.

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