Jewish soldier killed in Afghanistan


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish soldier from London was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Lt. Paul Mervis, 27, died last Friday in southern Afghanistan while on foot patrol in order to guard his platoon against explosive devices, according to reports.

Mervis studied philosophy at University College London. 

“He was passionately committed to his men, far beyond mere duty," his family was quoted as saying in the London Times. "He had read widely about Afghanistan and went with a genuine desire to help bring enough stability there to enable reconstruction to follow.”

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