ISIS Militants ‘Will Be Used To Target UK’

A senior Kurdish intelligence officer has warned hundreds of British nationals have joined ISIS extremists in Iraq and could be used to attack the UK. Lahoor Talabani, director of counter terrorism for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said up to 450 Britons were amongst the ISIS ranks and added that the West should not see the conflict as solely against the Iraqi government. Read the rest of this entry »

UK Soldier ‘Posed With Dead Taliban Fighter’

The RAF has launched a probe after photographs surfaced appearing to show a serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter. The pictures were apparently taken in the wake of an attack by 15 insurgents on Camp Bastion, the main British base in Afghanistan, in September 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »
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