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UN resolution could spur Syria civil war, Russia warns.    The Western-Arab drive to adopt a UN resolution on Syria is a "path to civil war", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has warned. He said demands for President Bashar al-Assad to stand down would "not lead to a search for compromise". ............................... [BBC News, 31 January]        back to the top

Royal Navy to send HMS Dauntless to the Faulkland Islands    The Royal Navy’s most sophisticated warship is being sent to the South Atlantic in a move that will send a powerful message to Argentina. ............................... [Telegraph, 31 January]        back to the top

Falkland Islands: Government rules out protection law    Tory MP Guy Opperman said legislation would show support for the "unambiguous right to self-determination". ............................... [BBC News, 31 January]        back to the top

Two Britons in Afghanistan face gun charges    Two British private security contractors working in Afghanistan have been charged with carrying unlicensed weapons. ............................... [BBC News, 31 January]        back to the top

Libyan dissidents sue MI6 officer over abduction and torture claims    Abdul Hakim Belhaj and Sami al-Saadi serve claim on Sir Mark Allen in first test of legislation described as a 'licence to kill'. ............................... [Guardian, 31 January]        back to the top

Iran unveils new laser-guided missiles and warns response to any hostile action will be 'regretful but destructive'    Iran claims its missiles can hit moving targets with a 'high degree of precision' ............................... [Mail, 31 January]        back to the top

Army cuts creating 'gaps' and leaving soldiers unsettled and frustrated, says chief    Cuts in the Army are creating gaps and leaving soldiers unsettled and frustrated, the head of the service has warned. ............................... [Telegraph, 30 January]        back to the top

Another war in the Falklands is 'unwinnable' because of defence cuts, says former head of Army    General Sir Mike Jackson warned that defence cuts meant that the UK no longer has the capability to get the islands back if the Argentines secured the airfield. ............................... [Mail, 30 January]        back to the top

Navy unveils new missile capable of destroying enemy weapons at THREE times the speed of sound    Sea Ceptor missiles fired from Navy warships will reach speeds of up to Mach 3 and can protect an area of around 500 sq miles over land or sea. The £483 million contract to develop the cutting-edge missile defence system has been awarded to MBDA (UK). ............................... [Mail, 30 January]        back to the top

Honouring American heroes: Tears and cheers as more than 100,000 gather for first homecoming parade of Iraq war veterans    A parade that drew crowds of nearly 100,000 honoured Iraq war veterans in the first big welcome-home celebration since the last troops were withdrawn from Iraq in December. The moving St. Louis event brought tears to the eyes of Army Major Rich Radford. ............................... [Mail, 30 January]        back to the top

Gurkha soldier killed in Afghanistan is named    A British soldier shot dead in Afghanistan on Friday has been named as Lance Corporal Gajbahadur Gurung. ............................... [Independent, 29 January]        back to the top

Murdered Red Cap's mother fights MoD    The mother of a British military policeman killed by a mob in Iraq is planning legal action to force the Ministry of Defence to hold a public inquiry into his death. Corporal Paul Long, 24, was one of six Red Caps murdered when about 400 Iraqis attacked a police station in Majar al-Kabir, Maysan, southern Iraq, in June 2003. ............................... [Scotsman, 29 January]        back to the top

Cameron at odds with Sarkozy over Afghan plan    David Cameron yesterday took a thinly veiled swipe at the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, warning against "cliff edge" early withdrawal from Afghanistan. ............................... [Independent, 29 January]        back to the top

Britain could not reclaim the Falklands if Argentina invades, warns General Sir Michael Jackson    The Falklands will be lost forever if Argentina invades again, one of Britain's senior military figures has warned. Defence cuts have made it "impossible" to win the islands back after a successful invasion, in the way the British task force did in 1982. ............................... [Telegraph, 29 January]        back to the top

UN calls on Libya to control prisons    The UN's top human rights official said yesterday that Libya's transitional government must take control of all makeshift prisons to prevent further atrocities against detainees. ............................... [Independent, 29 January]        back to the top

Militia chaos in Bani Walid raises danger of civil war in post-Gaddafi Libya    Libya has become used to uprisings - but this time it was “freedom fighters” who were forced out of the town of Bani Walid, a former Gaddafi stronghold, by a population they claimed to have liberated. ............................... [Telegraph, 28 January]        back to the top

'Falklanders eat fish and chips. How can they belong to Argentina?    A growing number of young Argentinians are questioning their nation's claim to the disputed islands. ............................... [Guardian, 28 January]        back to the top

Pakistan knew where Bin Laden was all along, Leon Panetta admits as he reveals intelligence source for Osama raid    Pakistan officials must have known that terror chief Bin Laden was holed up in a remote compound in Abbottabad, claims Pentagon chief Leon Panettta. ............................... [Mail, 28 January]        back to the top

General David Richards: Afghan campaign was woeful    Britain's most senior military officer has said the military move into southern Afghanistan was "amateurish" and "verging on the complacent" and accused ministers of failing to learn lessons from Iraq. ............................... [Telegraph, 28 January]        back to the top

Sarkozy calls for early Nato withdrawal from Afghanistan    President Nicolas Sarkozy met the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, in Paris yesterday and said that France would join in asking Nato to hand over all combat missions in Afghanistan to Afghan troops in 2013 – a year earlier than planned. ............................... [Independent, 28 January]        back to the top

Russland hält die Hand über Assads Mord-Regime/Russia vetoes UN resolution    Obwohl in Syrien das Schlachten weitergeht, legt Russland im UN-Sicherheitsrat sein Veto gegen Sanktionen ein. Die Resolution sei "inakzeptabel"./While the slaughter continues in Syria, Russia exercised its veto in the UN Security Council against sanctions. The resolution was "unacceptable". ............................... [Die Welt, 28 January]        back to the top

Libya prisoners make new torture allegations    New evidence has emerged that supporters of the former Libyan leader, Col Gaddafi, have been tortured while in detention. The BBC has been told by inmates at a jail in Misrata that they were beaten, whipped and given electric shocks. ............................... [BBC News, 28 January]        back to the top

Will HMS Ark Royal be turned into an international floating hospital?    Plans for HMS Ark Royal have so far included selling it for scrap, turning it into a nightclub or sinking it for use as a diving wreck. The latest proposal, however, would provide a more dignified future for the Royal Navy's former flagship â€" transforming it into an international floating hospital. ............................... [Mail, 28 January]        back to the top

US building 'mothership' for launching Navy Seal raids    The US is rushing to convert an aging Navy vessel into a 'mothership' from which to launch commando raids into the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. ............................... [Telegraph, 28 January]        back to the top

How the Falkland Islanders are preparing themselves for either untold riches... or Armageddon    The discovery of oil is expected to boost the islanders' wealth by £20bn increasing fears of invasion from the Argentines. ............................... [Mail, 28 January]        back to the top

Boko Haram vows to fight until Nigeria establishes sharia law    Spokesman for Islamist group says it will not stop deadly attacks until country is ruled according to dictates of Allah. ............................... [Guardian, 27 January]        back to the top

'Free' Libya shamed by new torture claims    Libya slips back towards the barbarism of Gaddafi. The moral authority of Libya's new government was called into question by two international aid groups yesterday as confidence begins to falter that the National Transitional Council, backed by Western governments in last year's civil war, can deliver on its promises to deliver freedom and democracy. ............................... [Independent, 27 January]
See also:  [Daily Mail, 27 January]        back to the top

US to cut almost 100,000 troops    Unveiling a restructure of the armed forces, Mr Panetta said the US would boost special forces and retain the ability to defeat "any enemy on land". ............................... [BBC News, 27 January]        back to the top

The art of war: Royal Marines official artist captures the drama and pain of combat in Afghanistan    A moving insight into life on the front line in Afghanistan was unveiled yesterday with a collection of works by the official War Artist to the Royal Marines. Paintings and sketches compiled by Andrew Miller during his five-week embed in Helmand Province have gone on display at Plymouth Central Library, Devon. ............................... [Mail, 27 January]        back to the top

MSF withdraws staff over Libya torture cases    Medicins San Frontieres pulled its staff out of detention facilities in a Libyan city yesterday after witnessing more than 100 cases of torture against inmates by the revolutionaries that overthrew Col Muammar Gaddafi. ............................... [Telegraph, 26 January]        back to the top

No military action against Syria, says David Cameron    David Cameron expressed hope today that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad would leave office this year. But, in an interview with American news network CNN, the Prime Minister admitted he did not know whether that would happen. ............................... [Independent, 26 January]        back to the top

Nuclear subs will stay in Scotland, Royal Navy chiefs decide    Britain's nuclear deterrent would have to remain in Scotland even if the country voted for independence, Royal Navy chiefs have concluded. ............................... [Telegraph, 26 January]        back to the top

Libya militias prepare to retake Bani Walid from Gaddafi loyalists    Fighters return to their old frontline after war crimes suspects released and four soldiers killed in attack on local garrison. ............................... [Guardian, 26 January]        back to the top

Ministry of Defence to cut further 3,000 civilian jobs    Defence secretary will be forced to admit MoD has miscalculated how many staff it can afford, Guardian learns. ............................... [Guardian, 26 January]        back to the top

Libyan detainees die after torture, says Amnesty International    Several people have died after being tortured by militias in Libyan detention centres, humanitarian group Amnesty International has said. It claimed to have seen patients in Tripoli, Misrata and Gheryan with open wounds to their head, limbs and back. ............................... [BBC News, 26 January]        back to the top

Turkey, Russia converge on Syria and Iran crisis    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey and Russia had a similar stance on ending the bloodshed in Syria, adding that Turkey is ready to work with Russia on solving the crisis. ............................... [Turkish Press, 26 January]        back to the top

'Human rights laws put lives at risk': Cameron tells Euro court it harms fight against terror    European human rights laws undermine the fight against terrorism and put British lives at risk, David Cameron warned yesterday. He said a string of bizarre rulings on terror and immigration cases had 'distorted' the 'discredited' concept of human rights. ............................... [Mail, 26 January]        back to the top

UN concerns over Libya militias and secret detention    Libyan militias are out of control and holding thousands of people in secret detention centres, while the weak interim government struggles to assert its authority, the UN has heard. The Security Council was told recent violence in Tripoli, Bani Walid and Benghazi highlighted the problem. ............................... [BBC News, 26 January]        back to the top

Boy aged 17 served on frontline in Afghanistan    Soldier Adam Wilkie hid his age from Armed Forces officials to join troops in Helmand province before he turned 18. ............................... [Telegraph, 26 January]        back to the top

Northolt: RAF's celebrated airfield 'may be sold to property developers'    One of the armed forces' most celebrated airfields could be sold off to private investors under plans being considered by defence chiefs to help plug budget shortfalls, it has emerged. ............................... [Telegraph, 25 January]        back to the top

Turkey won't allow attacks on Iran from its territory    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey, as a NATO member state, would not allow attacks on Iran to be carried out from its territory, adding that Turkey had never lent its support to those who tried to harm its neighbours. ............................... [Voice of Russia, 25 January]        back to the top

Gaddafi's green flag raised in Libyan town after bloody uprising... as civil war fears rise    Libya's ramshackle government lost control of a former Gaddafi stronghold today after locals staged an armed uprising. ............................... [Mail, 25 January]        back to the top

MPs: protecting civil service while troops are sacked is 'grotesque'    The forcible sacking of troops while civil servants at the Ministry of Defence have been shielded from redundancies is "grotesque", an influential group of MPs has concluded. ............................... [Telegraph, 25 January]        back to the top

Now that's REALLY going Commando! Radio Times forced to apologise after printing image of soldier's privates    TV listings magazine has been forced to apologise after it failed to notice that one cheeky member of the Royal Marines had exposed himself in a publicity picture published in last week's magazine. ............................... [Mail, 25 January]        back to the top

'I never fired at any women or children': Stunning denial by U.S. Marine at court martial as judge rules ZERO jail time    The judge's decision Tuesday at Camp Pendleton, Calif., now goes to the commander of the Marine Corps Forces Central Command for approval. ............................... [Mail, 25 January]        back to the top

Top flight instructor and cadet died in mountainside crash after pilot suffered an 'illusion' in flight    A top Irish Air Corps flight instructor crashed into a mountainside with his trainee cadet after suffering an illusion, an investigation has found. Captain Derek Furniss, 32, and Cadet David Jevens, 22, died when their two-seater light aircraft went down in Connemara's remote Crumlin Valley in October 2009. ............................... [Mail, 25 January]        back to the top

World receives very public warnings from its game of gunboat diplomacy    Some senior Iranian figures said the country should retaliate first and immediately switch off oil supplies to the EU. ............................... [Independent, 25 January]        back to the top

Iran escalation 'could see UK forces sent to Gulf'    An escalation of a dispute with Iran could see Britain sending military reinforcements to the Gulf, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said. ............................... [BBC News, 24 January]        back to the top

Libya's militia deployed in Tripoli after Gaddafi supporters seize Bani Walid - video    Militia members set up armed checkpoints across the Libyan capital on Monday after supporters of the ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi seized control of the western town of Bani Walid. Militia members say the revolt in Bani Walid raises doubts about the Libyan government's ability to secure the country. ............................... [Guardian, 24 January]        back to the top

Bedouin tribesmen storm Egyptian tourist resort    Bedouin tribesmen have stormed a tourist resort of Aqua-Sun, a Red Sea hotel complex boasting 2km of private beaches to the south of Taba in the Sinai peninsula, and were demanding 4m Egyptian pounds (£425,000) in exchange for leaving the site peacefully. ............................... [Guardian, 24 January]        back to the top

Hate cleric Qatada, accused of being a grave threat to UK, could walk free in days    A radical Muslim cleric accused of posing a grave threat to Britain's national security could walk free in days, a tribunal has heard. Abu Qatada, once described as 'Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe', will be considered for bail at a hearing on February 6. He is currently being held at Long Lartin high security prison as he fights deportation to Jordan. ............................... [Mail, 24 January]        back to the top

France adopts Armenian law making it illegal to deny WW1 Turkish genocide    French senators have voted to adopt a controversial bill making it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks was genocide. The measure â€" which was passed by 127 for votes to 86 against â€" will increase diplomatic tensions between Turkey and France, two Nato allies. ............................... [Mail, 24 January]        back to the top

Libya: Gaddafi loyalists 'capture Bani Walid'    Diehards of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi attacked a base in his one-time bastion of Bani Walid killing at least four ex-rebel fighters and taking control of the town on Monday, a local official said. ............................... [Telegraph, 23 January]        back to the top

Britain presses Jordan over Abu Qatada after deportation attempt blocked    UK seeks assurance that torture-tainted evidence will not be used in a trial as it considers appeal against human rights ruling. ............................... [Guardian, 23 January]        back to the top

Haditha Marine Frank Wuterich enters guilty plea    The final US Marine to face charges over the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 has pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty. ............................... [BBC News, 23 January]        back to the top

Britain, US and France send warships through Strait of Hormuz    Britain, America and France delivered a pointed signal to Iran, sending six warships led by a 100,000 ton aircraft carrier through the highly sensitive waters of the Strait of Hormuz. ............................... [Telegraph, 23 January]        back to the top

Handcuffed, blindfolded and shot in the back of the head: Taliban releases horrific video of executions of 15 Pakistani soldiers    Fifteen men were lined up for execution, the chilling scene captured on film by the Taliban for a video released as a warning to the Pakistani army operating near the Afghan border. ............................... [Mail, 23 January]        back to the top

When men go to war, blame their sex drive: Males evolved to be 'aggressive to outsiders', says psychology study    The review of psychological research concludes that men evolved to be aggressive towards 'outsiders', a tendency at the root of inter-tribal violence. ............................... [Mail, 23 January]        back to the top

Ministry of Defence faces £2 billion more cuts    The cash-strapped Ministry of Defence is facing a further £2 billion of budget cuts over the next 12 months. ............................... [Telegraph, 21 January]        back to the top

We'll take Scottish regiments to form our new defence force, Salmond says    Some of Britain's most famous regiments could be transferred to a Scottish Defence Force if the country becomes independent. ............................... [Telegraph, 20 January]        back to the top

Army could keep A&E open amid national shortage of doctors    An NHS trust is considering using the Army to keep its accident and emergency ward open due to an acute national shortage of mid-ranking doctors. ............................... [Telegraph, 20 January]        back to the top

France threatens to pull troops out of Afghanistan after four soldiers killed    France has suspended all joint operations with the Afghan army and threatened to withdraw from the country after an Afghan soldier shot dead four French troops. ............................... [Telegraph, 20 January]        back to the top

Brian Shivers guilty of Massereene soldiers' killings    One of the men accused of murdering two soldiers at Massereene Barracks in Antrim has been found guilty on all charges and sentenced to life in prison. ............................... [BBC News, 20 January]        back to the top

Turkey must investigate this massacre to build Kurdish trust    The bombing of innocent villagers by the Turkish army demands justice. Relations with the Kurds depend on it. ............................... [Guardian, 20 January]        back to the top

Iran warns neighbours not to join isolation attempts    Iranian foreign minister says Gulf states co-operating with western efforts to isolate Tehran would be in 'dangerous position'. ............................... [Guardian, 20 January]        back to the top

Suicides down among US soldiers but violent crimes rise    US Army suicides are levelling off but rates of domestic violence and sex crimes among soldiers have increased, a report says. ............................... [BBC News, 20 January]        back to the top

Six Nato soldiers killed in Afghan helicopter crash    Six Nato soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the worst crash since 30 soldiers died last August. ............................... [BBC News, 20 January]        back to the top

Charles Taylor 'worked' for CIA in Liberia    US authorities say former Liberian leader Charles Taylor worked for its intelligence agencies, including the CIA, the Boston Globe reports. The revelation comes in response to a Freedom of Information request by the newspaper. ............................... [BBC News, 19 January]        back to the top

British soldier killed by Taliban bomb was sent out in vehicle he branded a 'coffin on wheels'… just hours before he was due to pick up new blast-proof vehicle    Acting Corporal Marcin Wojtak died when the Vector light troop carrier he was commanding drove over a 40lb improvised explosive device (IED) close to Camp Bastion, the UK's main base of operations in Afghanistan. The mother today accused the Ministry of Defence of a 'catastrophic failure'. ............................... [Mail, 19 January]        back to the top

Nato accused of war crimes in Libya    An independent report published by Middle Eastern human rights groups says there is evidence that war crimes and human rights violations were committed by all the participants – Nato, rebel forces and those loyal to Colonel Gaddafi â€" in last year's Libyan uprising. While the document stresses that findings are not conclusive, it adds weight to growing concerns about violations committed by all sides in the conflict. ............................... [Independent, 19 January]        back to the top

Argentine colonialists! Cameron raises Falklands stakes after report of plan for 'fishermen's invasion'    The accusation by the Prime Minister came as it emerged that the Ministry of Defence has 'contingency plans' in place enabling troops to be deployed swiftly in an emergency to the Falklands via Ascension Island. ............................... [Mail, 19 January]        back to the top

Royal Navy may have to set pirates free    The Royal Navy may be forced to release suspected pirates captured in the Indian Ocean because no country is willing to prosecute them. ............................... [Telegraph, 18 January]        back to the top

Ministry of Defence cull sees RAF lose third of officers    The Ministry of Defence has culled a raft of senior ranks in the Armed Forces with a third of redundancies in the RAF coming from officers. ............................... [Telegraph, 18 January]        back to the top

The US and Iran are on a path to confrontation    Tehran has negotiated with bad faith, but Washington has shown little willingness to take risks, writes Shashank Joshi. ............................... [Telegraph, 18 January]        back to the top

Iran nuclear: Russia's Lavrov warns against attack    Sergei Lavrov said an attack would lead to "large flows" of refugees from Iran and would "fan the flames" of sectarian tension in the Middle East. ............................... [BBC News, 18 January]        back to the top

Libya militia leader 'tortured and killed in detention'    The BBC has seen evidence that a man was tortured and killed in detention, after clashes between rival militia groups in Libya at the weekend. ............................... [BBC News, 18 January]        back to the top

The Times Investigates: In Libya, Conflicting Reports of Civilian Casualties    In the effort to oust Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from his seat of power in Libya, NATO's seven-month air campaign played a crucial role. An article in Sunday's Times looked at the scores of civilian casualties during the effort and NATO's apparent refusal to acknowledge or investigate them. ............................... [New York Times, 18 January]        back to the top

NATO vs. Syria    Americans should be concerned about what is happening in Syria, if only because it threatens to become another undeclared war like Libya but much, much worse. Calls for regime change have come from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who several weeks ago predicted a civil war. That is indeed likely if the largely secular and nationalist regime of Bashar al-Assad falls, pitting Sunni against Shia against Alawite. ............................... [The American Conservative, 19 January]        back to the top

The Abu Qatada case proves it's time to rethink human rights    As the European Court of Human Rights upholds Abu Qatada's appeal, it undermines its own claim to authority. One of our most accomplished of recent Home Secretaries, John Reid, used to argue that the "fascist individual" was the new threat of our era, in contrast to the fascist state of the 20th century. ............................... [Evening Standard, 18 January]        back to the top

UK rendition and torture collusion inquiry scrapped    A controversial inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing by the UK's security services is being scrapped. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said the inquiry into the treatment of detainees could not continue because of Metropolitan Police investigations. ............................... [BBC News, 18 January]        back to the top

UK troops arrested over Afghanistan child abuse claims    Military police are investigating allegations of child abuse by two British soldiers in Afghanistan. Two servicemen from the Mercian Battle Group have been arrested over claims that they abused two Afghan children aged about 10. ............................... [BBC News, 18 January]        back to the top

Most Syrians back President Assad, but you'd never know from western media    Assad's popularity, Arab League observers, US military involvement: all distorted in the west's propaganda war. ............................... [Guardian, 17 January]        back to the top

European court of human rights: judgment day    Strasbourg had to rule on two cases with inflammatory potential – an application against whole-life jail sentences, and an appeal against expelling Abu Qatada. ............................... [Guardian, 17 January]        back to the top

Liberian despot Charles Taylor worked with US intelligence    Charles Taylor, the former Liberian despot charged with war crimes, worked with American intelligence agencies during his rise to power, the US government has confirmed. ............................... [Telegraph, 17 January]        back to the top

Cut the MoD, too    Before losing hundreds of personnel from the Gurkhas, let the Ministry of Defence axe some of its own bureaucrats. ............................... [Telegraph, 17 January]        back to the top

Abu Qatada: again, he has made fools of us.    Yesterday's European Court ruling against the deportation of the cleric Abu Qatada piles further insult on to a decade-long legal battle that has tied British courts in knots. ............................... [Telegraph, 17 January]        back to the top

Gurkhas slam 'unfair' defence cuts    Gurkhas claim they are being unfairly targeted for cuts after the Ministry of Defence announced around one in 10 posts in the brigade will be axed. ............................... [Yahoo News, 17 January]        back to the top

MoD to announce second round of armed forces cuts    The Ministry of Defence is to announce its plans for a second round of redundancies in the armed forces later. The job losses will account for some of the cuts already announced under the government's defence review. ............................... [BBC News, 17 January]
See also:  [Army top brass faces axe]
See also:  [Telegraph, 17 January 2012]
See also:  ['Deep concern' over Forces redundancies]        back to the top

Terrorism: Abu Qatada cannot be deported to Jordan, EU judges rule    Abu Qatada, once described as "Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe", cannot be extradited to Jordan the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. ............................... [Telegraph, 17 January]
See also:  [Guardian, 17 January 2012]
Access the Ruling [here]        back to the top

Iraq: ex-SAS soldier faces inquiry over 'Saddam Hussein statue's buttocks'    A former soldier has been interviewed under caution after seizing part of Saddam Hussein's statute in the wake of the Iraqi dictator's downfall, it has emerged. ............................... [Telegraph, 17 January]        back to the top

Canadian soldier faces espionage charges    Canadian police have charged a military official with leaking government secrets to a foreign country. ............................... [Telegraph, 16 January]        back to the top

Major investigated over fake tank museum fraud    An army major is being investigated for allegedly setting up a fictitious tank museum and attempting to sell on donated military vehicles to private collectors. ............................... [Telegraph, 16 January]        back to the top

One in eight Gurkhas to lose job in MoD cuts    One in eight Gurkhas will lose their job under Ministry of Defence plans to make 4,000 members of the Armed Forces redundant, ministers will announce today. ............................... [Telegraph, 16 January]        back to the top

Royal Navy spends £50bn on new fighter jets... but they can't even land on aircraft carriers    A new fighter plane which is to be used by the UK and U.S. military has a design flaw which prevents it from landing on aircraft carriers, it has emerged. The flaw in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will come as a huge embarrassment to the Royal Navy which is expected to take delivery of 50 of the planes by 2020 at a cost of about £5 billion. ............................... [Mail, 15 January]        back to the top

US Marines urinating video: criminal charges would be 'over the top'    Texas Governor Rick Perry criticised the Obama administration for over-reacting to the four US marines who were filmed urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and may be charged. ............................... [Telegraph, 15 January]        back to the top

Helmet Study 'wastes Cash'    Furious soldiers have attacked defence chiefs for wasting money by commissioning a study into how to wear a helmet properly. While a tranche of new cuts threatens more redundancies next week, senior brass at the Ministry of Defence are sending officers to the front line to write "scientific papers". ............................... [Express, 15 January]        back to the top

Iran could face UK military action over nuclear programme, says Hague    Foreign secretary says all options are on table but that aim is to get Tehran round negotiating table over nuclear weapons. ............................... [Guardian, 15 January]        back to the top

Army redundancies to roll on for many years    Renowned Army units including The Parachute Regiment and The Black Watch are under threat as defence chiefs prepare to make deep cuts. ............................... [Telegraph, 15 January]        back to the top

We play a risky political game in Saudi Arabia    With David Cameron in Saudi Arabia for his first visit since becoming Prime Minister, it is difficult to avoid the sense of the British Government once again holding its moral nose in the interests of our commercial and political influence. ............................... [Independent, 14 January]        back to the top

Last Briton in Guantanamo Bay says MI5 officer was in room as he was tortured    Detectives are to fly out to Guantanamo Bay to interview a British man over new torture claims against MI5. Scotland Yard has asked the US authorities for permission to visit the 43-year-old British detainee who alleges that an MI5 officer was present when he was badly assaulted by a team of interrogators. ............................... [Mail, 14 January]        back to the top

Armed Forces housing upgrade put on hold    Armed Forces' families fear they will be left with substandard housing after a £1.5billion plan to improve the upkeep of military homes was put on hold. ............................... [Telegraph, 14 January]        back to the top

'Shut your mouth... war is hell': Ex-Army state politician attacks 'self-righteous' critics of Marines caught urinating over Afghan bodies on video    Florida Rep. Allen West, an ex-Army lieutenant colonel, insisted the Marines were wrong but fumed: 'As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.' His comments follow reports that all four men could imminently face criminal charges of bringing dishonour to the armed forces. Two men have been interviewed but not detained, reported CNN. ............................... [Mail, 14 January]        back to the top

Hague urges 'panicky' Pakistan to remain calm amid fears over military coup as Prime Minister pleads for British support    Hours after beleaguered prime minister Yousuf Reza Gilani was reported to have made a 'panicky' telephone call to the British High Commissioner in Islamabad appealing for UK help, Mr Hague said: 'While clearly there is tension, a lot of risks, we must not talk up those risks.' ............................... [Mail, 14 January]        back to the top

Army morale 'at its worst for a generation' as job losses loom    A military charity has warned that Army morale is at its worst for a generation as the Ministry of Defence prepares next week to axe up to 4,500 more troops. Crippling cuts to pay, allowances, pensions and housing, left soldiers and their loved ones 'demoralised', said the Army Families Federation. ............................... [Mail, 14 January]        back to the top

Trying Saif, Senussi in Libya: Why is Moreno-Ocampo so Lenient?    Following the arrest of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and (false?) reports that al-Senussi had been detained, there was an impassioned debate about where they would be put on trial: in Libya or at the ICC. A third option, supported by the Office of the Prosecutor and number of observers, was for the ICC to hold an 'in situ' trial in Libya, but this was apparently nixed by Libyan authorities. It quickly became clear that Saif would be tried in Libya, by Libyans. ............................... [Justice in Conflicts, 14 January]        back to the top

Royal Navy has captured 13 Somali pirates onboard a sail boat in the Indian Ocean, the Ministry of Defence has said.    A combined Nato-led counter-piracy force successfully intercepted the vessel which was known to be operating off the Somali coast. ............................... [MoD Oracle, 14 January]        back to the top

ABM money may be cast to the wind- Russia's NATO envoy    Moscow expects Washington to provide Russia with legally binding guarantees that US ABMs in Europe will not be aimed against Russia, Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin told reporters in Brussels. ............................... [Voice of Russia, 12 January]        back to the top

Syria: Nato 'planning direct military intervention', Russia claims    Nato is planning "direct military intervention" in Syria, a top Russian official has claimed, suggesting the alliance may set up a no-fly zone and dispatch Turkish troops to the troubled country. ............................... [Telegraph, 13 January] (original date of 12th Jan)        back to the top

US Marines identify Afghanistan 'urination' troops    At least two of four US Marines shown in a video appearing to urinate on Taliban corpses have been identified, a Marine Corps official has told the BBC. ............................... [BBC News, 13 January]        back to the top

WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning case recommended for full court martial    The case of Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of handing hundreds of thousands of secret military documents to WikiLeaks, has been recommended to proceed to a full military court martial. ............................... [Telegraph, 12 January]        back to the top

Leon Panetta says US Marines urinating video 'utterly deplorable'    US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said the behaviour of US Marines in a video which appears to show them urinating on the blood-soaked bodies of dead insurgency fighters is "utterly deplorable". ............................... [Telegraph, 12 January]        back to the top

What really links the 'urinating marines' video with Abu Ghraib    In the digital age, people document and share everything â€" even insults to the fallen . ............................... [Guardian, 12 January]        back to the top

Police launch probe over torture allegations in Libya    British spies accused of helping in the rendition and torture of two Libyan rebels will be investigated by police, officials said today. ............................... [Independent, 12 January]        back to the top

US Marine Corps probes 'Taliban desecration' video    The US military has said it is investigating a video that appears to show a group of marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters. The Marine Corps said the actions portrayed in the clip, which was posted online but has not yet been verified, were not consistent with its values. ............................... [BBC News, 12 January]        back to the top

'Complicity at highest levels', claims Binyam Mohamed    Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed, who claims an MI5 officer colluded in his torture, said there had been a "pattern of massive complicity" in criminality at the "highest levels" as it emerged no agents would face charges over his ill-treatment. ............................... [Independent, 12 January]        back to the top

Overdue vindication for the security services    The investigation into allegations that MI5 and MI6 officers colluded in the torture of al-Qaeda suspects has finally concluded that there is no case to answer. ............................... [Telegraph, 12 January]        back to the top

MI5 and MI6 expected to be cleared of torture allegations.    Despite years of allegations against the security and intelligence services by terrorism suspects, Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service have now concluded that there is no case to answer, sources have told the Daily Telegraph. ............................... [Telegraph, 12 January]        back to the top

US marines accused of war crimes in Afghanistan by urinating on dead bodies    Video posted anonymously on YouTube claims to show American troops in Afghanistan urinating on dead bodies. ............................... [Guardian, 12 January]        back to the top

RAF a leader in lesbian recruits    The Royal Air Force has been nominated as one of the country's top recruiters for lesbians. The service has been voted for by readers of g3 â€" a magazine aimed primarily at gay and bisexual women. ............................... [Independent, 11 January]        back to the top

Military should run troubled schools to prevent new generation of rioters, says think-tank    A network of schools run by the military should be introduced in Britain's most deprived areas to prevent youngsters turning into a new generation of rioters, according to a think-tank. ............................... [Telegraph, 11 January]        back to the top

Meet Nicky Moffat, the highest ranked woman in the British army    Brigadier Nicky Moffat, the highest ranked woman in the British army, gives her first ever interview, and talks about not being a 'whinger' or playing 'the gender card' ............................... [Guardian, 11 January]        back to the top

An independent Scotland would mean Highland clearances of the worst kind    The last thing the MoD needs at the moment is the prospect of Scottish independence. The army has just announced the first of its plans to relocate units to former RAF bases in Scotland, notably Kinloss on the Moray Firth, and is trying to resolve the problem of training areas before taking decisions on where to put troops returning from Germany in the latter half of the decade. They will now have to start contingency planning on the possibility of bases north of the border being no longer available. ............................... [Mail, 11 January]        back to the top

Turkish ex-president Kenan Evren faces coup charge. Prosecutors are seeking life terms for Gen Evren, 94    A Turkish court has accepted indictments against the country's seventh president, Kenan Evren, for his role in the 1980 army coup. Prosecutors are seeking life terms for Gen Evren, 94, and another retired general, Tahsin Sahinkaya, 86, the only survivors among the five coup leaders. ............................... [BBC News, 10 January]        back to the top

Polish suicide-bid prosecutor 'faced death threats'    A Polish military prosecutor who survived shooting himself at the end of a news conference says he had faced threats to his life. ............................... [BBC News, 10 January]        back to the top

Israel's military establishment 'begins planning for a nuclear Iran'    An Israeli think tank with close links to the government has begun preparing for a nuclear Iran, a signal that Israel may be abandoning hope of stopping the Islamic Republic from building a bomb. ............................... [Telegraph, 10 January]        back to the top

'No Libyan response' on Gaddafi son as deadline nears    A deadline has nearly elapsed for Libya to give the International Criminal Court information about the health and status of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. The former Libyan leader's son was captured in southern Libya in November. The ICC, based in in The Hague, has indicted him for crimes against humanity but Libya's new leaders say they want him to stand trial in Libya. The ICC could refer Libya to the UN Security Council if it does not respond to its request on Tuesday. ............................... [BBC News, 10 January]        back to the top

US troops on lockdown after equipment theft    US Army authorities have ordered about 100 troops on lockdown after night vision goggles and other hi-tech gear worth $600,000 was stolen from a base in Washington state, officers said. ............................... [Telegraph, 10 January]        back to the top

China warns US to be 'careful' in military refocus on Asia    China's Ministry of defense warned the United States on Monday to be "careful in its words and actions" after announcing a defense rethink that stresses responding to China's rise by shoring up U.S. alliances and bases across Asia. ............................... [MSNBC, 9 January]        back to the top

Haditha trial: Marine 'lost control' in death of 24 unarmed Iraqis    A Marine sergeant charged in the biggest criminal case against US troops in the Iraq war lost control of himself when he and his squad killed 24 Iraqis in one of the defining moments of the war, according to a military prosecutor. ............................... [Telegraph, 9 January]        back to the top

France ready to sell all to Russia save for NATO codes and ICBMs    France is satisfied with its contract with Russia for the supply of helicopter carriers of Mistral type and is ready to continue the cooperation in military-technical sphere. In particular, the French party promises this year to issue a contract to build the third and fourth helicopter. ............................... [Pravda, 9 January]        back to the top

Polish prosecutor 'shoots self after news conference'    Col Mikolaj Przybyl was defending a military investigation into media leaks related to the air crash that killed the Polish president in 2010. ............................... [BBC News, 9 January]        back to the top

Gunman kills US soldier on Afghan army base    A man in an Afghan uniform opened fire on a group of Americans at a base in the south of the country, killing a US soldier and wounding another. ............................... [Independent, 9 January]        back to the top

Kate to take on military role 'leading Princess Diana's old Army regiment'    Military chiefs say plans are 'advanced' to make Kate Middleton honorary colonel of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. ............................... [Mail, 9 January]        back to the top

Security fears as hackers target military chiefs    Hackers have posted the email addresses and encrypted passwords of thousands of British defence, intelligence, police officials and politicians on the internet. ............................... [Independent, 9 January]        back to the top

Amnesty warns of continued repression in Middle East    Despite the Arab spring, many governments are brutalising their populations into submission for regime survival, says report. In Egypt, military rulers were behind abuses 'worse than under Hosni Mubarak', Amnesty said. ............................... [Guardian, 9 January]        back to the top

US reliance on Afghan paramilitaries in rural areas worries European allies    Britain wonders if local police force can keep stability, while Germans argue the units are not easy to control. ............................... [Guardian, 8 January]        back to the top

David Cameron: we will not negotiate over the Falklands    There is "no question of negotiating" with Argentina over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, David Cameron pledged on Sunday. ............................... [Telegraph, 8 January]        back to the top

Saif Gaddafi sets Libya's new rulers a test of commitment to human rights    Tyrant's son has become an unlikely rallying point for human rights activists as he languishes in jail without a lawyer. ............................... [Guardian, 8 January]        back to the top

Military cadet forces in every school, says schools commissioner    All secondary schools should have a military cadet force in the drive to raise standards, according to a senior Government education official. ............................... [Telegraph, 8 January]        back to the top

Nigeria's descent into holy war    A wave of terrorist violence across Nigeria has raised fears of an alliance between the Islamist Boko Haram movement and al-Qaeda's franchise in the Sahara. Colin Freeman reports from the Boko Haram stronghold of Maiduguri. ............................... [Telegraph, 8 January]        back to the top

Un ancien officier français tué à Tripoli/Former French officer killed in Tripoli    Le représentant en Libye de la société française Epée, Hugues de Samie, a été tué par balles dans son appartement au centre de Tripoli, samedi vers 17h40. Selon les premiers éléments de l'enquête, ce meurtre serait de nature crapuleuse./Libya's representative of the French company Sword, Hugues de Samie, was shot dead in his apartment in the center of Tripoli, on Saturday around 5:40 p.m.. According to a preliminary investigation, the murder is considered a criminal act. ............................... [Secret défense, 8 January]        back to the top

Afghan inmates 'abused' at US-run Bagram prison    Afghan investigators have accused the US Army of abusing detainees at its main prison in the country, saying inmates had reported being tortured and held without evidence. ............................... [BBC News, 8 January]        back to the top

Trita Parsi: Reckless talk of war with Iran makes confrontation a probability    The temperature between the West and Iran has increased dramatically. Escalation by both sides coupled with a reckless discourse that has normalised the idea of war have created an environment where military confrontation is a rising probability. The next escalatory step pondered by Europe - in the midst of its own economic crisis - is a total embargo on Iranian oil. An idea that a few months ago was considered a non-starter now has an air of inevitability. ............................... [Independent, 7 January]        back to the top

Libya's Belhaj won't join UK's torture inquiry    Tripoli's military council commander Abdel-Hakim Belhaj had been scheduled to contribute to the investigation after British Prime Minister David Cameron promised it would consider whether ties between the British and Libyan security services became too cozy during Moammar Gadhafi's rule. ............................... [San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 January]        back to the top

Sudan President Bashir's Libya trip draws criticism    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Libya on his first visit since the fall of Col Muammar Gaddafi. President Bashir arrived with a high-level delegation for a two-day visit, airport sources were quoted as saying. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide in Darfur and the visit was criticised by Human Rights Watch. ............................... [BBC News, 7 January]        back to the top

Libya's ex-rebels reluctant to down arms    More than two months after the death of Col Muammar Gaddafi - and nearly five since he was removed from power - Libya's new government faces problems in securing order. Tripoli's international airport is now a bustling little place. It is scruffy and in need of a make-over but it is a vital lifeline for Libya as it reopens for business. ............................... [BBC News, 7 January]        back to the top

Falluja lawsuit: Blackwater families settle case.    Families of four US men killed in a notorious ambush in Iraq in 2004 have settled a long-running lawsuit with the security firm they worked for. The four employees of Blackwater, which has since been renamed Academi, were shot, beaten and burned to death in the flash-point city of Falluja. ............................... [BBC News, 7 January]        back to the top

Royal Navy sends its mightiest ship to take on the Iranian show of force in the Gulf    The Royal Navy's most formidable warship is being sent to the Gulf for its first mission as tensions rise in the strategically vital region, it can be disclosed. ............................... [Telegraph, 6 January]        back to the top

The battle for the Pacific will reshape the world    America's shift in defence strategy to focus on the Far East has momentous significance for Europe and Asia. ............................... [Telegraph, 6 January]        back to the top

US defence cuts are a clear challenge to their allies    The reform and cuts in US defence just announced by President Obama imply a clear challenge to key allies like the UK, Australia and France - to be prepared to do more in different parts of the world. ............................... [Evening Standard, 6 January]        back to the top

US Navy rescues Iranians held hostage by pirates    The US Navy has rescued 13 Iranian fishermen being held by pirates in the Arabian Sea, the Pentagon says. ............................... [BBC News, 6 January]        back to the top

We would use force to keep Gulf open: Hammond warns Iran not to block key oil route    Defence Secretary warned Tehran regime that UK will not tolerate the 'very significant consequences' of a threat to block the Strait of Hormuz. ............................... [Mail, 6 January]        back to the top

US Marine pleads not guilty to massacre in Iraq    The last US Marine charged over a notorious incident in which civilians were gunned down in Iraq pleaded not guilty Thursday, as his military trial got under way in California. ............................... [Telegraph, 6 January]        back to the top

US Navy SEAL accidentally shoots himself in head while showing off gun to woman he met in bar    The 22-year-old, named locally as Gene Clayton, was playing with a 9mm handgun he believed was unloaded when he pulled the trigger. ............................... [Mail, 6 January]        back to the top

Hero soldier hanged himself after returning from Afghanistan 'because of guilt over death of his friends'    An Afghanistan veteran who saw his two best friends die on the frontline killed himself 'because he felt guilty that he had survived'. Lance Sergeant Dan Collins, 29, could have died several times but survived being shot in the back, his leg being grazed by a bullet and being caught in two bomb blasts. ............................... [Mail, 5 January]        back to the top

Senior Taliban commander killed in airstrike after being shot by Apache helicopter    A spokesman said the death came as forces sought to disrupt insurgent activity in the Kopak region of Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. ............................... [Mail, 5 January]        back to the top

Failure to prosecute pirates beggars belief, say MPs as it's revealed 90% of all suspects are freed without trial    Nine out of ten piracy suspects detained by Royal Navy and other maritime forces are released without trial. ............................... [Mail, 5 January]        back to the top

Debt crisis is biggest threat to security of West, says Philip Hammond    The Defence Secretary will use his first major international speech to link the economic situation to the ability of Britain, America and their allies to defend themselves. He will also raise concerns about the ability and willingness of Britain's debt-stricken European allies to support military operations in Afghanistan and warn Iran against interfering with the oil trade. ............................... [Telegraph, 5 January]        back to the top

'He was highly cherished and loved by his fellow Gurkhas': Tributes paid to soldier who died 18 months after bomb blast    Rifleman Sachin Limbu, 23, from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Monday. ............................... [Mail, 5 January]        back to the top

Retired soldier begs for his life on video sent to his wife after being kidnapped by rebels in the Philippines    Choking on his words, a desperate Australian man kidnapped by rebels in the Philippines pleads for his life in a chilling ransom video sent to his wife. Retired soldier Warren Rodwell stood before a camera at a rebel hideout somewhere in the south of the Philippines and begged his family and government officials to do all they could to raise the US$2million (£1.28million) demanded for his release. ............................... [Mail, 5 January]        back to the top

Pentagon's non-lethal weapon projects leaked - including a laser beam that 'steers enemy planes'    Descriptions of the Pentagon's very latest non-lethal weapon projects have been leaked online. Publicintelligence.org recently published the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate's 'Non-Lethal Weapons Reference Book', which includes devices in use and some that have been dreamed up for the future. ............................... [Mail, 4 January]        back to the top

Britons arrested carrying AK-47s in Kabul    Two British private security contractors have been arrested in Afghanistan after they were stopped by police with 30 AK-47 assault rifles in their vehicle. ............................... [Telegraph, 4 January]        back to the top

The Forgotten Wages of War    The end of the Iraq war occasioned few reflections on the scale of destruction we have wrought there. As is our habit, the discussion focused on the costs to America in blood and treasure, the false premises of the war and the continuing challenges of instability in the region. What happened to Iraqis was largely ignored. And in Libya, the recent investigation of civilian casualties during NATO's bombing campaign was the first such accounting of what many believed was a largely victimless war. ............................... [NY Times, 3 January]        back to the top

Former Gaddafi colonel becomes Libyan army's new chief of staff    A former colonel in Muammar Gaddafi's military has been appointed as the new chief of staff of the Libyan army, two members of the country's ruling National Transitional Council said. ............................... [Telegraph, 3 January]        back to the top

US marine to stand trial over 2005 killings that left 24 Iraqis dead    Military court to assess whether Frank Wuterich acted appropriately after his convoy came under attack in Haditha. ............................... [Guardian, 3 January]        back to the top

Four killed as Tripoli militia clash with Misrata fighters    A gunfight erupted in central Tripoli on Tuesday, killing four, as a group of former rebels from Libya's third biggest city Misrata clashed with some ex-fighters from the capital, witnesses said. The two groups of former rebels, who helped topple Moamer Kadhafi's regime, traded anti-aircraft and heavy machinegun fire as they fought in broad daylight in a Tripoli neighbourhood. The fighting raised fresh concerns over the issue of militias in Tripoli and the potential security threat they pose months after Kadhafi's ouster. ............................... [Yahoo News, 3 January]        back to the top

EU directive for crime victims undermines Armed Forces, warns MoD    The work of the Armed Forces could be undermined by a European Directive that the Coalition has chosen to adopt, the Ministry of Defence has warned. The EU rules could put damaging new burdens on Service personnel around the world, including on frontline operations. MoD lawyers believe that, as it is currently drafted, the directive would force the Armed Forces to offer additional counselling and other services to people alleging they had been mistreated by British personnel ............................... [Telegraph, 3 January]        back to the top

Penpushers at the Ministry of Defence get £40m in bonuses while soldiers get a measly one per cent pay rise    Ministry of Defence civil servants have pocketed almost £40million in bonuses while frontline troops face a pay squeeze and job cuts. The penpushers were given the astonishing sum for 'good performance' as British service personnel risked their lives in Afghanistan and Libya. ............................... [Mail, 2 January]        back to the top

Soldier who survived two tours of duty in Afghanistan returns home for Christmas... only to be knocked down by taxi and killed in front of his girlfriend    Lee Foley, 26, had been on a night out in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, with his parents and girlfriend when he was struck by the car and later died in hospital. ............................... [Mail, 3 January]        back to the top

255 confirmed kills: Meet Navy SEAL Chris Kyle... the deadliest sniper in US history    Chris Kyle hesitated the first time he killed a person at long range with a rifle. It was a woman who was about to attack a group of US Marines with a hand grenade. ............................... [Mail, 3 January]        back to the top

5 injured in demonstration against UK Cyprus bases.    Stones were thrown and two people arrested during a protest on Monday by Greek Cypriots outside RAF Akrotiri. The existence of the bases is resented by many Greek Cypriots but protests against them have waxed and waned in recent years. ............................... [BBC News, 3 January]        back to the top

MoD bonuses should be for troops alone    After the 1 per cent cap on pay rises for the Armed Forces, this will be another year of belt-tightening for our troops in Afghanistan and their families at home, waiting in daily dread of bad news. But for 55,000 penpushers, safe behind their desks at the Ministry of Defence, different rules apply. ............................... [Mail, 2 January]        back to the top

US: Panetta to Offer Strategy for Cutting Military Budget    In a shift of doctrine driven by fiscal reality and a deal last summer that kept the United States from defaulting on its debts, Mr. Panetta is expected to outline plans for carefully shrinking the military â€" and in so doing make it clear that the Pentagon will not maintain the ability to fight two sustained ground wars at once. ............................... [NY Times, 2 January]        back to the top

Iran test fires battleship-sinking missile    Iran's military posturing in the Persian Gulf escalated on Monday after it test-fired a cruise missile it claimed could sink a battleship with a single strike. ............................... [Telegraph, 2 January]        back to the top

Just one in 20 TA soldiers trained to serve on front line    With the Government trying to plug the gap in troop numbers using reservists, ministers have been told that the plan could leave the Army unable to function. Generals have privately informed ministers that they are worried about the quality of the TA members who will be expected to fill in for thousands of regular soldiers who will fall victim to cuts. ............................... [Telegraph, 2 January]        back to the top

Something in reserve    Telegraph View: The TA cannot be a cut-price alternative used to disguise the true levels of combat-ready manpower. ............................... [Telegraph, 2 January]        back to the top

Iran test-fires long-range missile which could hit Israel and U.S. bases in show of military power    Iran said today it had successfully test-fired a long-range missile during its naval exercise in the Gulf - flexing its military muscle to show it could hit Israel and U.S. bases in the region if attacked. ............................... [Mail, 2 January]        back to the top

Sink the Ark Royal! Navy's former flagship could be transformed into wreck for deep sea divers    The Royal Navy's former flagship, the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, could soon be transformed into a shipwreck for deep sea divers. A company which aims to turn the 600ft vessel into a reef off the coast of Devon has just secured £6.5million in funding. ............................... [Mail, 2 January]        back to the top

Gaddafi supporters 'try to blow up Tripoli power grid'    A Libyan militia chief said on Sunday his fighters had captured nine supporters of otherthrown leader Muammar Gaddafi who had been plotting to blow up Tripoli's power grid on New Year's Eve. ............................... [Telegraph, 1 January]        back to the top

Could TA soldier face murder charge for shooting suspected Taliban bomber?    Fusilier Duane Knott, 26, said he killed the Afghan believing that he was laying explosives intended to kill British troops on patrol. However, senior officers believe the man may have been an innocent farmer and Fusilier Knott could now become the first British soldier serving in Afghanistan to be charged with murder. ............................... [Mail, 1 January]        back to the top

Falkland Islanders should have their say    Readers' responses to the Guardian letters page ............................... [Guardian, 1 January]        back to the top

Afghanistan blast death soldier named as Pte John King    A soldier killed in an explosion in Afghanistan on Friday has been named as Pte John King, 19, from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. ............................... [BBC News, 1 January]        back to the top

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