sister is being used for political reasons. Lord Mandelson deepened the row today with an attack on The Suns bad taste and crude politicking. Seizing on the coverage of Jamie Janes, the Business Secretary told Radio 4s Today: If you look at emails received over- whelmingly, by the BBC, Sky News and The Sun itself from the public, theyve clearly made up their own minds. They have seen through it and dont like it. troops two-minute silence in AfghAnistAn As Bastions tribute to 232 fallen comrades BARACK OBAMA is on a collision course with many of the Nato countries over their refusal so far to deploy more troops to Afghanistan. Only Britain and Turkey have announced that they are prepared to increase the size of their forces deployed to the war zone. Mr Obama is expected to agree that the Allied mission needs 40,000 more military personnel, with Washington asking for up to 10 per cent of them to come from other Nato countries, according to The Times. Crunch talks will be held before a Nato meeting in Belgium on 23 November. by georgina littlejohn Wednesday, 11 November 2009 London Lite Armistice dAy 2009 Obamas angerat Natoallies soldiersuncledefendspm over letter of condolence THE uncle of dead soldier Jamie Janes defended Gordon Brown today as The Sun faced a military backlash over political exploitation of the affair. Army veteran Ian Cox said he was outraged the newspaper had used his sister Jacqui Janess grief over the loss of her son in Afghanistan. The Sun insisted it had no regrets over the decision to release a taped conversation between Mr Brown and Mrs Janes. But Mr Cox said: It is an absolute tragedy that Jamie is dead. Brown may have made a mistake, but he wrote the letter personally. My Grief-stricken: Jacqui Janes and the letter BRITISH soldiers serving in Afghanistan paid tribute to their 232 fallen comrades at an Armistice Day service at Camp Bastion today. A 105mm light gun marked the beginning of a two- minute silence at the operational headquarters i n L a s h k a r G a h , Helmand. At 11am local time, servicemen and women bowed their heads to pay their respects to the 232 British troops who have been killed since o p e r a t i o n s b e g a n i n Afghanistan in 2001. Lt Col David Wakefield, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: Operations here in Helmand must con- tinue at full tempo despite it being Armistice Day. Wherever it is safe and operationally practical to do so, our soldiers, sailors and airmen will mark the two-minute silence and in some locations there will be small parades, but for many soldiers it will be business as usual. Hours later, London marked Armistice Day with two- minute silences across the capital at 11am. Prime Minister Gordon Brown attended a memorial service at Westminster Abbey, joined by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The beginning and end of the national two-minute silence was marked by gun- fire from the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, fired f r o m H o r s e G u a r d s Parade. The Westminster service, 91 years after the First World War ended, marked the loss of the Great War generation after the last three surviving UK veterans died this year. William Stone died in January, aged 108, followed by Henry Allingham, 113, and Harry Patch, 111, who both died in July. Respect: a soldier at UK base 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html