TWO British soldiers have died in Afghanistan, making a toll of nine deaths in nine days -- the worst casualty rate since the war began. The bodies of five of the troops were flown back to the UK today, with hundreds of people expected to line the streets near RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire to pay their respects as the coffins pass. The latest deaths sparked criticism of the war, with Lord Guthrie, former Chief of the Defence Staff, launching a stinging attack on the Treasury under Gordon Brown for failing to provide the military with more funding. He slammed the Prime Minister for refusing to deploy 2,000 more troops and said: Britains com- manders are suffering from having too few people. Former UK ambassador to the United Nations, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, also weighed in, saying it was cruel to send troops into a war without an end in sight. He said: How are we going to do this in a few years? It needs a terrific international effort. So far, 178 British troops have died in Afghanistan since the conflict began in 2001. In the latest deaths, a soldier from the 4 Rifles died in an explosion while on foot patrol in the west of Helmand. The second, from the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, died from gunshot wounds during a battle with insurgents near Lashkar Gah. Their next of kin have been informed. The deaths join those of Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thornloe, 39, of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, and 18-year-old Trooper Joshua Hammond of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, who were killed by a roadside bomb last Wednesday. The five bodies flown home today are Lance Corporal David Dennis, 29, from Llanelli, south Wales, and Private Robert Laws, 18, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, who died in separate incidents in Helmand on Saturday; Lance Corporal Dane Elson, 22, from Bridgend, south Wales, who was killed in an explosion on Sunday; Captain Ben Babington-Browne, 27, from Maidstone, Kent, who died in a helicopter crash on Monday, and Trooper Christopher Whiteside, 20, from Blackpool, who died in a bomb blast on Tuesday. Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth this week mounted a strong defence of current operations in Afghanistan, which he stressed were vital for British security, but he admitted there would be more deaths. However, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg called on the Government to deploy more troops or pull out of Afghanistan and accused them of throwing away lives. London Lite Friday, 10 July 2009 11 PM slaMMed for failing Military with funding cuts nine of our Boys inafghanistanare killed in nine days Schoolworkerheldforsexabuse A STAFF member at a primary school with one of the highest paid heads in the country has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse at the school. A 43-year- old man, who is not on the teaching staff, has been arrested and bailed after an eight- year-old claimed to have been sexually assaulted in the grounds of Durand Primary School in Stockwell, south London. Director of Education Greg Martin, is one the countrys top-earning heads and receives 155,000 a year, 85,000 of which is to manage a public leisure centre on the schools grounds. The school is also bidding to be the first state primary to set up a secondary school with boarding facilities. All parents have been informed of the arrest. by GeorGina LittLejohn Stinging attack: Lord Guthrie Mobility scooter oaP hit by lorry A PENSIONER is fighting for his life after being struck by a lorry yesterday. The 85-year-old was riding a mobility scooter along the pavement in Stanmore when police say he either fell off or lost control of the scooter and fell on the road. caloriecutcould increaselifespan CUTTING your calorie intake by 30 per cent could help you live longer and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to US researchers. The diet would require a regime of milk protein, corn oil and vitamin supplements. Died in Helmand: David Dennis Victim: Private Robert Laws Killed by explosion: Dane Elson Bomb blast: Trooper Whiteside Crash: Ben Babington-Browne H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html