Army Failings Blamed Over Camp Bastion Attack

British commanders must take some blame for inadequate security at Camp Bastion when it was attacked in 2012, a parliamentary report has concluded. Fifteen Taliban insurgents broke through the perimeter fence on September 14, 2012 , killing two US Marines in a battle lasting into the following day. Read the rest of this entry »

UK ‘must do more’ to tackle Sahel-Sahara terror threat

The UK needs a "bigger footprint" in Mali and other Sahel-Saharan countries to fight extremism, a committee of MPs has said. The Foreign Affairs Committee pointed to a "mismatch" between the UK's vision of a secure western Sahel-Sahara region and its "very light" diplomatic work. It said jihadists had "put down roots" in the region, which was a "new frontline of violent extremism". Read the rest of this entry »

William Hague calls for end to rape as weapon of war

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has called for an end to rape as a weapon of war. Speaking in Washington, where he received an award from Hillary Clinton for promoting women's rights, Mr Hague said the issue "should shame all men". These acts be removed "from the world's arsenal of cruelty", he added. Read the rest of this entry »

Ex-general urges leniency for marine who murdered Afghan

A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent should be shown leniency when he is sentenced, a retired commander has said. Maj Gen Julian Thompson, who led 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War, said a five-year or 10-year term would be more appropriate than life. Read the rest of this entry »

Afghan Suicide Blast Kills British Soldier

A British soldier has been killed in a suicide attack while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced. The "hugely experienced" soldier from the 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) died when a car bomb was set off by an attacker, the MoD said. Read the rest of this entry »

Soldiers’ Mental Health At Risk As MoD ‘Ignores Warnings’ About Suicide Drug

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is putting soldiers’ mental health at risk by prescribing a drug linked to string of suicides and murders among troops, a former senior medical officer has warned. Read the rest of this entry »

PM prepared for Nairobi siege news

David Cameron has warned the country to be braced for "more bad news" after three British people were confirmed dead in the Nairobi terror attack. Gunfire was reportedly heard from inside the Westgate Mall on Monday morning, where Kenyan Defence Forces are still involved in a hostage rescue operation. Read the rest of this entry »

US and UK insist UN chemicals report ‘blames Syria’

The US, UK and France say a UN report confirming a chemical weapons attack in Damascus has vindicated their stance that Syria was to blame. The US and UK ambassadors to the UN said technical details showed only the regime could have been responsible for the 21 August attack. Read the rest of this entry »

SAS selection training deaths: Third soldier named

A third soldier who died from injuries sustained in SAS selection training in mid Wales amid high temperatures has been named as Cpl James Dunsby. Cpl Dunsby, 31, died on Tuesday after he collapsed along with Edward Maher, 31, and L/Cpl Craig Roberts, 24, during an exercise in the Brecon Beacons. Read the rest of this entry »

Summit planned to help military personnel

The Labour Party is to host a summit with leading military charities on how to deal with discrimination against the armed forces. A recent poll suggested one in five military personnel had been refused service in a bar or hotel over fears they would cause trouble. Read the rest of this entry »
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