THREE brothers in arms are taking on the Taliban together in Afghanistan.
Soldiers Anthony, Neil and John Nutton, from Sunderland, were reunited on the front line as they completed a six-month tour of duty in the war zone.
The trio met up by chance when they were based in the same camp in Helmand Province.
However, after catching up with news from home, the former St Aidan’s School pupils were called back into action just two days later.
Rifleman John Nutton, 22, of 2nd Battalion The Rifles, said: “Both of them came to meet me after I’d come in and we all had a good laugh. It was great”
John, who is coming to the end of his tour, was in Camp Bastion ahead of flying home, while Anthony and Neil are just starting their time in the country.
Trooper Neil, 20, of the Light Dragoons, said: “I was worried I wouldn’t see John, but it was fantastic going for a brew together.”
Neil, who also served in Afghanistan in 2009, said the armed forces were creating a “safe and secure” country.
“There’s a massive difference now,” he said. “It’s more safe and secure and the locals are a lot friendlier. They don’t want fighting in their back gardens.”
Anthony has already worked with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force uncovering 250kg of explosives, the largest amount of explosives to be found in the last two years.
Trooper Anthony, 20, also of the Light Dragoons, said: “We’ve taken away a lot of their ability to kill our lads, which is a brilliant achievement.
“It’s a great feeling being told you’ve saved that many lives. I couldn’t believe it.”
Meanwhile, John has been on patrol with local army and police forces.
“I’ve been working with the Afghan National Army and the Afghan Uniformed Police, mainly out on patrol in the local area,” he said.
“They were all really good, getting out and leading patrols while we were supporting and training them.”
The family have promised to keep in touch, despite John being thousands of miles away on Wearside.
“I’ve kept in touch with letters and parcels, so I’ll be doing that for them,” said John. “It’ll be good going back and seeing my mum, but the quicker this gets done the better, then we can have a proper Christmas together, all of us back together.”