At a time of heightening
xenophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria in the
Muslims have long served in the armed forces fighting in World War I and World
War II, and on 1 July 2006, Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi became the first British
Muslim soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.
L/Cpl Hashmi died along with his comrade Corporal Peter Thorpe in an attack on their base. A statement at the time was issued by his commanding officer, Lt Col Steve Vickery, which described Jabron Hashmi as "enthusiastic, confident and immensely popular".