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'Loutish' soldier escapes prison sentence because he's 'too important to the army' despite string of convictions    A soldier who battered two men outside a pub escaped prison - because he was deemed 'too important' to the Army. Private Daryl Wilkins, 22, lashed out at the men in a drunken rage just FIVE months after he walked free from court for hitting a police officer. ............................... [Mail, 29 February]        back to the top

Argentina pursuing policy of confrontation, says No 10    Downing Street has accused Argentina of pursuing a "policy of confrontation" over the Falkland Islands. It comes amid reports that top Argentine companies are being told by their government to stop importing goods from the UK. ............................... [BBC News, 29 February]        back to the top

Arab League chief says arming Syrian opposition might be an alternative â€" video    Speaking in Cairo, the secretary general of the Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi, says that should the international community fail to end the violence in Syria, arming the rebel forces might be a possible alternative. Reports on Wednesday say a ground attack has started in Homs, with government troops advancing on part of the city. ............................... [Guardian, 29 February]        back to the top

Syria: Bashar al-Assad 'could be classified as war criminal'    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be classified as a war criminal, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said as the United Nations announced more than 7,500 civilians had been killed by his forces since the start of the revolt. ............................... [Telegraph, 29 February]        back to the top

Diplomacy may yet break Syria's deadlock, and avoid a military crisis    A face-saving exit plan might be the only way to remove Assad, and prevent further polarisation of the world's superpowers. ............................... [Guardian, 29 February]        back to the top

Putin warns America not to act on 'bellicose itch' over Syria    In the latest of a series of articles in the Russian press, the Prime Minister rehashed familiar Russian complaints but did not mention the "reset" in relations between Moscow and Washington in recent years. Mr Putin said the West had provoked the Arab Spring uprisings, and cautioned against further intervention in Syria or an attack on Iran.     ............................... [Independent, 28 February]        back to the top

Tunisia 'offers asylum to Bashar Assad'    Tunisia's president has said he is ready to offer asylum to Syrian leader Bashar Assad as part of a negotiated solution to the Syrian conflict. ............................... [Independent, 28 February]        back to the top

Draft Brighton declaration on the future of the European Court of Human Rights    A leaked draft of the UK's proposals for the reform of the Strasbourg court seeking, inter alia, to tighten up the application process, applying filters, the appointment of high calibre judges who might better understand the "margin of appreciation", consistency of judgments, and better procedures for electing judges. Paragraph 23(c) is the most important proposal, in our view, suggesting an amendment to article 35 of the Convention which would make an application inadmissible where it was not shown that the national court had erred in its interpretation or application of Convention rights. ............................... [Guardian, 28 February]        back to the top

French genocide law: President Sarkozy orders new draft    The Constitutional Council earlier ruled the law backed by Mr Sarkozy infringed on freedom of expression. The bill, which covers the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, was passed by both houses of the French parliament. Turkey has welcomed the ruling. ............................... [BBC News, 28 February]        back to the top

Army Major given suspended jail term for possession of secret documents    Major Robert Armstrong, who was awarded the MC for gallantry three years ago, faced a court martial for separate charges, including the possession of secret documents which the judge said could have undermined national security. ............................... [Telegraph, 28 February]        back to the top

Stratfor: Osama bin Laden 'was in routine contact with Pakistan's spy agency'    Osama bin Laden was in routine contact with several senior figures from Pakistan's military intelligence agency while in hiding in the country, according to a large cache of secret intelligence files. ............................... [Telegraph, 28 February]        back to the top

Families of dead and injured troops are 'let down by the MOD', say MPs    The families of troops killed or injured in action do not get enough support from Whitehall officials, MPs said yesterday. They criticised as 'disappointing' the Government's refusal to review the help it offered to the relatives of those who died or were severely maimed on the battlefield. The House of Commons Defence Select Committee also said it 'remained concerned' over the future care of British servicemen returning from warzones with serious brain injuries. ............................... [Mail, 27 February]        back to the top

Taliban claims responsibility behind poisoned soldiers at Afghanistan base    The Taliban claimed Monday that they had poisoned soldiers at a U.S. base in Afghanistan by recruiting a cook who worked there. Sources told Fox News that a "couple" of U.S. troops were sickened and have since recovered since traces of bleach were found in food at a NATO base in Nangarhar Province. No one was seriously injured. ............................... [Fox News, 27 February]        back to the top

Putin warns West over Syria, Iran    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned against military intervention in Syria or an attack on Iran in scathing criticism of the West on Monday as he laid out his foreign policy priorities less than a week before Russia's presidential election. ............................... [San Francisco Chronicle, 27 February]        back to the top

French politician Jean Marie Le Pen compares Syrian slaughter to RAF raids on Germany    Jean Marie Le Pen said Royal Air Force raids on German cities were no different to the rocket attacks on Homs which last week killed British journalist Marie Colvin. ............................... [Mail, 27 February]        back to the top

Major dismissed for 'cavalier attitude' to top secret papers    Robert Armstrong, 38, of the Royal Artillery, received a one-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Colchester Military Court in Essex. ............................... [BBC News, 27 February]        back to the top

Britain begins preparations for Afghanistan withdrawal    Britain has signalled the start of the withdrawal of its vast military infrastructure from Afghanistan with the signing of a crucial new defence pact which should ensure safe passage home for billions of pounds worth of vital equipment. ............................... [Telegraph, 27 February]        back to the top

Married soldiers forced to leave Army accommodation as part of cuts to £318m housing bill    The move, being considered by the MoD, would force thousands of serving Armed Forces personnel onto the commercial property market. It would mean soldiers no longer have the right to a home after eight years of service and is part a plan to reduce Services accommodation under a 'New Employment Model'. ............................... [Mail, 27 February]        back to the top

China calls US critique on Syria "super arrogant"    China has hit out at comments by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on its stance on Syria. A foreign ministry spokesman called the comments unacceptable, and the official Communist Party newspaper described the criticism as "super arrogant". ............................... [BBC News, 27 February]        back to the top

Jailed Royal Navy war objector from Plymouth to give talk    A Royal Navy medic from Plymouth who refused to fight in Afghanistan will give his reasons at a public meeting on Wednesday. Michael Lyons was last year found guilty at Portsmouth Naval Base of disobeying a legal order because of his "moral objection" to bearing arms and the war in Afghanistan. Lyons was released from Colchester Military Prison in November 2011. ............................... [This is Plymouth, 27 February]        back to the top

Royal Navy subs to supply data on climate change    Royal Navy submarines are to play a potentially pivotal role helping map the effects of climate change deep under water in the world's coldest environment. Very little is currently known about the areas of water beneath the ice of the Arctic as sensors for long-term monitoring are notoriously difficult to place. ............................... [This is Devon, 27 February]        back to the top

Britain 'may struggle to pay for new fighter jets'    Britain's Armed Forces may be unable to afford all the new fighter jets they want as American defence cuts and European austerity measures push up the aircraft's price. ............................... [Telegraph, 26 February]        back to the top

Falklands task force plan 'ready' if Argentina threatens to invade again    A mini task force would be sent to defend the Falkland Islands if Argentina threatened to invade again, under contingency plans drawn up by the Ministry of Defence. With tensions rising in the South Atlantic in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the war, the MoD is prepared to mobilise a new rapid response force to deal with any renewed threat from Buenos Aires. ............................... [Mail, 26 February]        back to the top

'Whose side are they on?' Hillary Clinton blasts Russia and China as 'despicable' for opposing UN action on Syria    Chinese media today responded to Mrs Clinton's comments by accusing the U.S. and Europe of 'harbouring hegemonistic ambitions' in Syria. The country's state-run Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary that China's position on Syria was balanced and that 'most of the Arab countries have begun to realize that the United States and Europe are hiding a dagger behind a smile. In other words, while they appear to be acting out of humanitarian concern, they are actually harbouring hegemonistic ambitions,' it said. Both China and Russia boycotted the Friends of Syria conference, which Xinhua said ended with a 'broad consensus' on avoiding a militarisation of the conflict in Syria. ............................... [Mail, 26 February]        back to the top

Syria votes on new constitution referendum amid unrest    The Syrian government is holding a national referendum on a new constitution, amid continuing violent unrest and a boycott by the opposition. ............................... [BBC News, 26 February]        back to the top

Robert Fisk: The new Cold War has already started â€" in Syria    If Iran obtains nuclear weapons capability, "I think other nations across the Middle East will want to develop nuclear weapons". Thus thundered our beloved Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in one of the silliest pronouncements he has ever made. ............................... [Independent, 25 February]        back to the top

Hague refuses to arm 'legitimate' Syrian opposition    The SNC is an umbrella group that claims to represent a wide spectrum of Syrian opposition organisations. But there are concerns about whether the group should be recognised as a legitimate voice for the Syrian people. Firstly, despite trying to court groups on the ground, including the Local Co-ordination Committees and Free Syrian Army (FSA), it is seen as being largely run by exiles who are out of touch with today's Syria. The FSA's Riad al-Asad has said it has seen little political support from the SNC and has threatened to break off relations. ............................... [Independent, 25 February]        back to the top

NATO Finally Buys Eyes In The Sky    After two decades of debating the matter NATO has finally agreed to buy five RQ-4 Global Hawk UAVs for reconnaissance work in operations like the Libyan campaign last year. ............................... [Strategy Page, 25 February]        back to the top

Report: Pentagon readying for Syria intervention    A US official told the newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat that the Pentagon is readying for the possibility of a military intervention in Syria. ............................... [Y.net News, 25 February]        back to the top

Defence chief Lord Boyce fails to capture town council    Lord Boyce, the former first sea lord, is snubbed by town councillors in Dover, who refuse to make him a freeman of the town. ............................... [Telegraph, 25 February]        back to the top

Taliban calls on security forces to turn on foreigners    The Afghan Taliban on Thursday called on security forces to turn their guns on foreign "infidel invaders," the group said on its web site in English, after an Afghan soldier joined violent protests and shot dead two NATO troops. ............................... [Yahoo News, 24 February]        back to the top

Gunboat diplomacy works, says head of Royal Navy    The head of the Royal Navy has issued a staunch defence of "gunboat diplomacy" as a means of resolving disputes without risking the lives of troops. ............................... [Telegraph, 24 February]        back to the top

UN accuses Syria regime of crimes against humanity - as it backs the regime into a corner    United Nations investigators have accused the Syrian regime of crimes against humanity, indicating President Bashar al-Assad himself should face prosecution. ............................... [Telegraph, 24 February]        back to the top

MoD rejected defence company's offer to build the Navy's tankers in Britain    Ministers snubbed a defence company's pledge to build one of the Royal Navy's new £125million tankers in Britain â€" instead handing the work to South Korea. ............................... [Mail, 24 February]        back to the top

UK-France military 'drone files' stolen in Paris    Confidential documents relating to a joint Franco-British unmanned aerial vehicle project have been stolen from a French railway station, it has been reported. ............................... [Public Service, 23 February]        back to the top

Somali Rebels 'Get Hold Of Gaddafi Missiles'    Somalia's hard line Islamist rebels are reported to have taken delivery of up to 30 surface-to-air missiles smuggled to them from Libya since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. ............................... [Sky News, 23 February]        back to the top

U.S. Intelligence Foresees China Doubling ICBM Arsenal by 2025    The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency estimates that China within 13 years will wield twice the number of nuclear-capable ICBMs that it currently does, the Washington Times reported on Wednesday (see GSN, Dec. 2, 2011). ............................... [Global Security Newswire, 23 February]        back to the top

Our boys to blitz Somalia pirates. PM told UK attacks legal    Attorney General Dominic Grieve ruled the attacks â€" to be launched from aircraft carrier HMS Ocean and backed by Apache helicopter gunships â€" would be legal under international law. ............................... [Sun, 23 February]        back to the top

Super-fit mother graduates from Army boot camp at age of FIFTY ONE with higher score than recruits less than half her age    A 51-year-old woman has outperformed recruits less than half her age after graduating from U.S. Army Basic Combat Training with one of the highest physical fitness test scores in her company. Army Sergeant Sandra Coast, who had to lose 30lbs just to qualify, achieved better scores than both her male and female peers, who have an average age of 23. ............................... [Mail, 23 February]        back to the top

Argentine intellectuals brand president Kirchner's Falklands policy absurd... and say islanders should be allowed to decide their own future    Seventeen of the country's most respected writers, historians, law experts, politicians and journalists slammed the government's 'crazy' and 'absurd' policy on the archipelago. ............................... [Mail, 22 February]
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Terror bomb detonated in space 'could cripple Britain's electronic networks and jeopardise national security'    Rogue states and terror groups could launch nuclear attacks in space to cripple Britain's electronic networks and jeopardise national security, a report warns today. Weapons detonated up to 500 miles above the Earth would generate a massive electromagnetic pulse, knocking out satellites, radar and the National Grid with 'devastating' results. ............................... [Mail, 22 February]
See also:  [Telegraph, 22 February]        back to the top

Iran's chilling warning: We'll strike first if we feel we are about to be attacked    Iran has threatened to launch a first strike against Israel or America if it feels it is about to be attacked with force over its nuclear programme. ............................... [Mirror, 22 February]        back to the top

Somalia: UK weighs up air strikes against rebels    Fears over piracy and al-Shabaab insurgents lead Britain and other EU countries to consider air strikes on logistical hubs. ............................... [Guardian, 21 February]        back to the top

Could the U.S. military stop Iran?    With a lot of attention given to the New York Times' dissection of Israel's capabilities to strike Iran, Time's Battleland blog looks at another possibility â€" could the U.S. effectively disable Iran's nuclear infrastructure? ............................... [CNN News, 21 February]        back to the top

Can torture be morally right?    Both sides were defiant and unrepentant. When President George W. Bush was asked for permission to 'waterboard'n the Al Qaeda terrorist and 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to obtain vital information, his thoughts turned not only to the thousands who died in the Twin Towers but also to Daniel Pearl, the kidnapped American journalist whose head Khalid admitted hacking off with his own hand. ............................... [Mail, 21 February]        back to the top

Should the west be prepared to consider military intervention in Iran?    We learn that the Foreign Office and doubtless the State Department are most concerned that Iran is fast approaching the ability to produce nuclear weapons. Let us suppose that on this occasion the intelligence is correct. We know that intelligence about weapons of mass destruction was false in the case of Iraq. ............................... [John Redwood, 21 February]        back to the top

Britain's anti-piracy 'conveyor belt' stretches from Somalia to Seychelles and back    British prison officers and prosecutors are at every stage of the 'conveyor belt' as part of anti-piracy action in the Seychelles that begins with pirates being captured in the Indian Ocean by Royal Marines. Mike Pflanz reports. ............................... [Telegraph, 21 February]        back to the top

Marine 'with too much anger' killed himself after MoD failed to conduct welfare interview on return from Afghanistan    Dylan Kemp, a 28-year-old member of 42 Commando Royal Marines, wrote in a suicide note that he had 'too much anger'. He was found dead in his flat in Croydon, south London in September 2009, two days after being charged with assaulting his girlfriend. ............................... [Mail, 21 February]        back to the top

Nato apologises for Afghan Koran 'disposal'    The US commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan has apologised over reports that foreign troops had "improperly disposed" of copies of the Koran. ............................... [BBC News, 21 February]        back to the top

Pakistan Nato dispute 'will not disrupt security co-operation with Britain for Olympics'    Pakistan's bitter dispute with Nato over cross-border attacks on its armed forces from Afghanistan will not derail cooperation with the British security services in the run-up to the Olympics, the country's foreign minister has pledged. ............................... [Telegraph, 20 February]        back to the top

Syria unrest: West stirring civil war, says China paper    The official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party has accused the West of provoking a civil war in Syria. In a front page commentary, the People's Daily said that Western support of Syria's opposition would lead to "large-scale civil war". ............................... [BBC News, 20 February]        back to the top

Turkey and China 'helping Iran evade UN sanctions'    Turkey and China are helping Iran to evade UN sanctions by providing them with secret banking facilities to purchase goods, according to Western security officials. ............................... [Telegraph, 20 February]        back to the top

Syrian gunmen kill judge and prosecutor    Ambush in opposition-held Idlib province follows killing of councillor in city of Aleppo and murders of other officials. ............................... [Guardian, 20 February]        back to the top

US military chief cautions against Israeli attack on Iran    General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, says a strike 'at this time would be destabilising. ............................... [Guardian, 20 February]        back to the top

Iran 'halts oil sales to France and Britain'    Iran has halted oil sales to British and French companies, the nation's oil ministry has said. ............................... [BBC News, 19 February]        back to the top

William Hague warns Israel over Iran military action    Amid rumours the Israeli government is considering strikes against Iran within months, Mr Hague insisted economic sanctions and negotiations had to be given "a real chance" to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. ............................... [Telegraph, 19 February]        back to the top

Project Avatar: U.S. military researches ways for soldiers to control robot 'surrogates' using just their minds    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the Pentagon's hi-tech research arm, has earmarked $7million for research into the project, nicknamed Avatar. ............................... [Mail, 19 February]        back to the top

Scotland Yard probes claim that Britain sent businessman to Iraq torture jail    Amanatullah Ali, a rice merchant, was arrested by British troops in southern Iraq in February 2004 and handed over to the Americans. ............................... [Mail, 19 February]        back to the top

A Royal is a B***** nuisance: Navy chief gives government a salty dressing-down over Falklands    Admiral Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward made his outspoken remarks as a row broke out between Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and a group of MPs over their visit to the islands. ............................... [Mail, 19 February]        back to the top

£40million in bonuses paid out to civil servants as the MoD cuts back on military staff    Large payouts to staff, some on six-figure salaries, have been awarded since April last year and come at a time when the MoD is being forced to cut back. ............................... [Mail, 19 February]        back to the top

Syria's crisis is leading us to unlikely bedfellows    David Cameron and William Hague are at risk of over-simplifying a dangerous and complex situation. The situation could hardly be more dangerous or more complex. Yet, in recent public pronouncements David Cameron has repeatedly spoken of the conflict in Syria as a struggle between an illegal and autocratic regime at war with what he likes to call "the people". Either he is poorly briefed, or he is coming dangerously close to a calculated deception of the British public. For the situation is far more complicated than he has admitted. It is far from obvious, for example, even that a majority of Syrians are opposed to the Assad regime. Russia calculates that perhaps two thirds of Syrians are still broadly supportive, and it is worth recalling that Russia was a more accurate source of information in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq than either Britain or the US. ............................... [Telegraph, 18 February]        back to the top

Leading article: a touch of complacency over Libya    Closer co-operation between Britain and France is to be welcomed on both energy policy and defence. There is much to be gained on both sides. But it would be wise to be rather more circumspect before holding up Libya as an exemplar of success. For all the pride of Mr Cameron and Mr Sarkozy, the picture on the ground is far from rosy. Five months on from the death of Gaddafi, Libya's National Transitional Council is struggling to disband the violent militias wreaking havoc across the country. More concerning still, the UN judges that as many as 8,000 Gaddafi loyalists are being held by militia groups, while human rights groups point to incontrovertible evidence of torture. Such is the chaos that, according to one poll at least, one in three people would prefer a return to authoritarian rule. ............................... [Indpendent, 18 February]        back to the top

Libya: job done?    The country is run by militias, torture and human rights abuses are widespread but neither Britain nor France seem bothered. ............................... [Guardian, 18 February] (original date 17th Feb)        back to the top

China urges all sides to end Syria violence    Syrian TV quoted Zhai Jun as saying he backed the Syrian government's plan for a referendum on the constitution and subsequent elections. After the meeting, Mr Assad was quoted as saying: "What Syria is facing is fundamentally an effort to divide it and affect its geopolitical place and historic role in the region." ............................... [BBC News, 18 February]        back to the top

Iran's nuclear ambitions could lead to 'Middle East cold war', says Hague    The Middle East could be the battleground for a new cold war, if Iran succeeds in acquiring nuclear weapons, Britain's foreign secretary has warned. ............................... [BBC News, 18 February]        back to the top

US officials believe Iran sanctions will fail, making military action likely    Officials in key parts of the Obama administration are increasingly convinced that sanctions will not deter Tehran from pursuing its nuclear programme, and believe that the US will be left with no option but to launch an attack on Iran or watch Israel do so. ............................... [Guardian, 17 February]        back to the top

UK France war centre speeded up    Britain and France have agreed to accelerate plans to create a joint control and command centre for future military operations. Prime Minister David Cameron and French president Nicolas Sarkozy want to put in place the rapidly deployable headquarters following joint working in Libya. At a UK-France summit in Paris, the two leaders also agreed to push ahead with the next phase of plans to build a new generation of pilotless "fighter drone" aircraft. ............................... [Yahoo News, 17 February]        back to the top

Scandal as MoD reveal that Harriers were still being upgraded when they were sold for parts to the US    A Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Defence has revealed that the controversial scrapping of the entire UK Harrier fleet took place whilst the planes were still undergoing a £500 million upgrade. The retirement of the jets, eight years earlier than scheduled, leaves the country without carrier-borne aircraft. ............................... [Mail, 17 February]  (Original date: 12 February)        back to the top

Libyan militias accused of torturing detainees    Amnesty International reports armed militias threaten the security of Libya with 12 detainees tortured to death since September. ............................... [Guardian,16 February]
See also:  [Libya: 'Out of control' militias commit widespread abuses, a year on from uprising]        back to the top

Iran strengthening ties with alâ€"Qaeda, say intelligence chiefs    Iran has improved its ties with alâ€"Qaeda as part of a campaign to target Western interests around the world that could lead to a spectacular attack in Europe, The Daily Telegraph has learned. ............................... [Telegraph,16 February]        back to the top

Working as a jail torturer ruined my life    Patrick Cockburn on the former soldier who has joined the political prisoners he tortured in Turkey's Mamak prison by suing the generals who led a regime of terror. ............................... [Independent,15 February]        back to the top

Research claims less than a third of Libyans want democracy    Almost a year after the start of the uprising in Libya, which eventually led to the ouster and killing of Colonel Gaddafi, new research suggests that more than a third of Libyans would rather return to being ruled by a strongman, rather than embrace democracy. ............................... [Independent,15 February]        back to the top

Nato apologises for killing seven Afghan children, aged six to 14, who were sitting around campfire in the snow    The coalition dropped two bombs on February 8 in Najrab district in Kapisa province, after movements by eight people on the ground were assessed as a threat to Afghan police and Nato forces in the area. ............................... [Mail, 15 February]        back to the top

Libya in transition    Can the National Transitional Council steer the nation safely through a period of change from dictatorship to democracy? ............................... [Al Jazeera, 15 February]        back to the top

Turkey Blocked NATO Intelligence Access to Israel    Turkey went out of its way to ensure Israel had no access to data from the NATO-backed missile defense system to be built on its territory, the Turkish Today's Zaman reported Monday. According the report, "Turkey went to great lengths in protracted negotiations with the US to secure guarantees that the data to be collected by the system will not be shared with ally-turned-foe Israel and that Israel's nemesis Iran will never be mentioned as a threat." ............................... [Asbarez, 15 February]        back to the top

What did NATO achieve? Libya tense on eve of revolution's anniversary    Fighting between militias highlights new rulers' weakness amid claims of imminent loyalist uprising by Gaddafi son. ............................... [Guardian, 15 February]        back to the top

Armed Forces families forced to pay higher energy bills    Armed Forces families will be forced to pay higher energy bills because improvement work on their homes has been dropped to save money, the Ministry of Defence has admitted. ............................... [Telegraph,15 February]        back to the top

Soldier killed best friend while cleaning rifle    Sean Barry, a soldier, killed his best friend, David Dalzell, when his gun went off while he was cleaning it in Afghanistan, an inquest heard. ............................... [Telegraph,15 February]        back to the top

Falklands tension set to rise with visit of defence committee MPs    Members of defence select committee likely to inspect military installations on the islands, which are claimed by Argentina. ............................... [Guardian, 15 February]        back to the top

Britain's luckiest soldier: Hero is saved from Taliban sniper twice in two days thanks to bullet-proof equipment    The Lance Corporal's first lucky escape came when the sniper's round missed him by mere inches when the shots struck a bullet-proof glass just in front of his face in a sentry tower. ............................... [Mail, 15 February]        back to the top

Chinook pilot rescued children amid chaos of mortar attack    A helicopter pilot who landed under heavy Taliban mortar fire to rescue six injured Afghan children has received one of the highest awards for bravery. ............................... [Telegraph, 15 February]        back to the top

How secret renditions shed light on MI6's licence to kill and torture    Little-known clause lets secretary of state authorise UK's spies to commit crimes abroad. Section 7 of the 1994 Intelligence Services Act offers protection not only to spies involved in bugging or bribery, but also to any who become embroiled in far more serious matters, such as murder, kidnap or torture â€" as long as their actions have been authorised in writing by a secretary of state. ............................... [Guardian, 14 February]        back to the top

Syria    The conflict is complicated by Syria's ethnic divisions. The Assads and much of the nation's elite, especially the military, belong to the Alawite sect, a small minority in a mostly Sunni country. Mr. Assad has consistently denounced the protests as a foreign plot. And even if he were interested in reform, any moves in that direction would mean rejecting the tight-knit, Allawite-dominated circle of government, military and business leaders that is the core of his support. ............................... [NY Times, 14 February]        back to the top

Pressure mounts on David Cameron to defy Europe over Abu Qatada    David Cameron was under mounting pressure to defy Europe on Tuesday night and put Abu Qatada on a plane out of the UK as Jordan pledged to give him a fair trial. ............................... [Telegraph, 14 February]        back to the top

Outrage as Libya tells United Nations: 'Gays threaten the future of the human race'    A Libyan delegate sparked outrage after telling a United Nations human rights panel that gay people threaten the future of the human race. The unnamed official made the remarks as violence based on sexual orientation was being discussed. ............................... [Mail, 14 February]        back to the top

U.S. admiral says forces prepared to confront Iran as officials step up threats to close Strait of Hormuz    Vice Adm Mark Fox, commander of the 5th Fleet, told reporters at the naval force's Bahrain headquarters that the Navy has 'built a wide range of potential options to give the president' and is 'ready today' to confront any hostile action by Tehran. ............................... [Mail, 13 February]        back to the top

Royal Navy sacks enough sailors on drugs in four years to fill a WARSHIP, shocking figures reveal    A total of 63 sailors tested positive for illegal substances - including ecstasy and cocaine - between October 2007 and July 2011. ............................... [Mail, 13 February]        back to the top

'We'll provide all forms of political and material support': Arab League vows to overthrow Syrian President as brutal crackdown continues    And British Foreign Secretary William Hague said plans to send a joint UN and League peacekeeping force in to Syria, once Assad stops his crackdown, must be discussed 'urgently'. ............................... [Mail, 13 February<]        back to the top

Household Cavalry soldier who punched woman in the face after fracas in Ibiza locked up    Mathew Cooney, 22, had been skinny-dipping with friends on the first day of his holiday in the popular resort of San Antonio when he saw a group rifling through his belongings. The Household Cavalry Trooper claimed he chased after them but they attacked him with bottles and held him down until police arrived. ............................... [Mail,13 February]        back to the top

Modern-day Zeppelins may help Royal Navy spy on the Taliban for three weeks at a time    Airships may play a crucial role over the front-line of Afghanistan, with the Royal Navy considering the purchase of 'Zeppelin'-style ships to help them spy on the Taliban. The U.S. Army is already taking advantage of the £60million ships, which can stay in the sky for up to three weeks at a time without refuelling. ............................... [Mail,13 February]        back to the top

Arab League backs Syria opposition (also supported by Al Qaeda) - why should Assad trust them?    Arab nations on Sunday night called for a joint United Nations peacekeeping force to be sent to the country. It voted to scrap its much criticised observer mission to Syria, severed all diplomatic relations with the Assad regime and reinforced economic sanctions. ............................... [Telegraph,13 February]        back to the top

Patrick Cockburn: All the evidence points to sectarian civil war in Syria, but no one wants to admit it    Arming the resistance can only increase the blood-letting. Short of a serious split in the Syrian army, the opposition forces' best chance of success is to lure outside powers into such a venture. They want a repeat performance of what happened in Libya. The sectarianism of the Syrian opposition is persistently played down by the international media, but power in Syria is distributed along sectarian lines, just as it was in the recent past in Iraq, Lebanon and Ireland. Even supposing an anti-sectarian opposition, democracy in Syria means a loss of power for the Alawites and their allies and a gain for the Sunni. ............................... [Independent, 12 February]        back to the top

Osama Bin Laden told children to move to the West and get a good education    'Do not follow me down the road to jihad. Go and get a good education in the West': Osama Bin Laden's extraordinary instructions to his young children. ............................... [Mail,12 February]        back to the top

Sarkozy advises against military strike on Iran    French President Nicolas Sarkozy put his reputation as a stalwart friend of Israel on the line Wednesday, warning that military action was no way to deal with nuclear-minded Iran at a dinner hosted by France's main Jewish group â€" and his likely presidential election rival in the audience. ............................... [CBS News, 12 February]        back to the top

One of the lessons we learn from history is that we don't learn from history. Naval cuts almost cost us the Falklands    Britain would not have been able to reclaim the Falklands in 1982 had Argentina waited a few more months before attacking because of planned cuts to our Navy. ............................... [Express, 12 February]        back to the top

Al-Qaeda joins ranks of Syrian revolt backers    The leader of Al-Qaeda has voiced his support for the Syrian uprising. He called on Muslims to join the opposition in Syria in their drive to oust President Bashar Assad. ............................... [RT, 12 February]        back to the top

Pakistan needs $1.3 bn to repair NATO-damaged roads    Pakistan needs around $1.3 billion to repair the roads damaged due to heavy traffic, having been used as supply lines for NATO forces in Afghanistan, a minister has said. ............................... [Times of India, 12 February]        back to the top

Territorial Army not fit for new role, warn Generals    Plans to drastically cut the Army will harm the nation's defences because they rely on poorly-trained part-time soldiers, senior officers have warned. ............................... [Telegraph, 11 February]        back to the top

Libya's Saadi Gaddafi threatens to lead uprising    One of the sons of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has threatened to lead an uprising against the country's transitional government. ............................... [BBC News, 11 February]        back to the top

Syrian military hospital chief 'killed in Damascus'    The head of a Syrian military hospital has been killed by members of an "armed terrorist group" in the capital Damascus, the state news agency says. The government says at least 2,000 members of the security forces have been killed combating "armed gangs and terrorists". ............................... [BBC News, 11 February]        back to the top

NATO's Secret War on Syria    NATO special forces in Syria aiding armed killer gangs. ............................... [Opednews, 11 February]        back to the top

Nimrod destruction cost taxpayer £3.4bn as MoD ignored 'cost implications', MPs say    The destruction of the Nimrod surveillance aircraft fleet wasted £3.4 billion of taxpayers' money, according to an MPs report which concluded that short term defence cuts have led to huge costs. ............................... [Telegraph, 10 February]        back to the top

Syria: what can be done?    Five commentators discuss the merits of five ways in which the outside world could respond to Syria's crisis. ............................... [Guardian, 10 February]        back to the top

MoD criticised for £6bn overspend on big defence projects    Ministry's 'culture of over optimism' to blame for underestimating cost of 15 projects as well as delays, says committee of MPs. ............................... [Guardian, 10 February]        back to the top

Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in drone strike in Pakistan    A senior militant, believed to be the head of al-Qaeda in Pakistan, was killed in a US drone strike early on Thursday morning, according to security officials. ............................... [Telegraph, 10 February]        back to the top

MoD spending on equipment must be realistic, say MPs    The Ministry of Defence may be "over-optimistic" about how much its military equipment budget is under control, an influential group of MPs has said. ............................... [BBC News, 10 February]        back to the top

Argentina minister to raise 'UK militarisation' at UN    Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Marcos Timerman is to lodge a protest at the UN on Friday against the UK's "militarisation" of the Falklands. ............................... [BBC News, 10 February]        back to the top

Falkland Islands newspaper calls Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a bitch    Thousands of complaints after insult that followed Fernández accusing Britain of militarising south Atlantic islands. ............................... [Guardian, 10 February]        back to the top

Ban Ki-moon: UN's failure to agree a Syria resolution is disastrous    Lack of UNSCR resolution 'encouraged Syrian government to step up its war on its people', says secretary general. ............................... [Guardian, 9 February]        back to the top

International 'militarisation' in Syria growing closer, warns US official    The international community may be forced to 'militarise' the crisis in Syria unless president Bashar al-Assad stops the onsalught on his people, a senior US official warned on Wednesday. Qatar, the current president of the 22-nation group, is rumoured to be secretly supplying rebels as it did in Libya. ............................... [Telegraph, 9 February]        back to the top

Pakistan: Army talks with Nato over border    The Pakistani army held a meeting with Nato and Afghan forces yesterday to improve co-ordination along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The meeting in Torkham seems to be a sign of thawing relations after American air strikes accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two Afghan border posts on 26 November. ............................... [Independent, 9 February]        back to the top

Defence spending cuts risk military skills, warns Whitehall watchdog    Government defence cuts are happening so quickly that they are putting important military skills at risk, the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned. ............................... [BBC News, 9 February]        back to the top

UN's Ban says Arab League mission to Syria may resume    UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the Arab League plans to revive its mission to Syria, and has sought help from the UN. ............................... [BBC News, 9 February]        back to the top

UK rules out military action or arming Syrian rebels    Britain categorically ruled out military intervention by the West in Syria yesterday despite the intensification of the crackdown on dissidents by President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Mr Burt told Sky News: "To step in militarily... is easy to say, but incredibly difficult to do. It needs a UN resolution in order to be legal, supported by many nations. The action is not to be through a military intervention from the West." ............................... [Independent, 8 February]        back to the top

Pitch battle! Football league in Argentina renamed in honour of 'General Belgrano' (which UK Navy sank!)    The government of Argentina has played an unlikely card in the escalating dispute over the Falkland Islands: re-naming its domestic football league after the General Belgrano, the warship controversially sunk during the last military conflict there. ............................... [Independent, 8 February]        back to the top

Last First World War veteran dies    The last surviving veteran of the First World War has died aged 110, two weeks away from her 111th birthday. Florence Green passed away on Saturday at the Briar House Care Home in King's Lynn, Norfolk. ............................... [Independent, 8 February]        back to the top

MoD to buy new C-17 transport plane    The Ministry of Defence is to buy a new C-17 military transporter to move troops around and help with any future Libya-style evacuations, David Cameron announced today. ............................... [Independent, 8 February]        back to the top

Pentagon draws up 'internal review' as US searches for way to stop Syria killing    Military action not ruled out as pressure grows for more decisive action from Washington against Bashar al-Assad regime. ............................... [Guardian, 8 February]        back to the top

US air force to increase presence in Poland    The U.S Air-force will open an aviation detachment unit at Lask in central Poland this year, despite announcing cuts of two US army brigades in Europe. ............................... [BBC News, 8 February]        back to the top

US drone strike 'kills 10' in Pakistan    A missile attack by an unmanned US drone aircraft in north-west Pakistan has killed 10 suspected militants, Pakistani security officials say. Pakistan has previously complained that such attacks violate its sovereignty. ............................... [BBC News, 8 February]        back to the top

Falkland Islanders free to determine their own future    A Foreign Office spokesperson has today spoken about the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. The spokesperson said: "The people of the Falkland Islands are British out of choice. They are free to determine their own future, and there will be no negotiations with Argentina on sovereignty unless the Islanders wish it. ............................... [FCO, 8 February]        back to the top

An army under fire from elf'n'safety and a busybody culture making babies of us all    Once upon a time, when a man chose a career as a soldier, everybody - including himself - knew he was making a deal. In return for more excitement, travel and adventure than he would get as a bank clerk or supermarket manager, he put his life on the line. ............................... [Mail, 8 February]        back to the top

Armed Forces too weak to fight another Libya, warns Defence Committee    The Armed Forces will struggle to launch a Libya-style campaign because defence cuts have drastically weakened the military, an influential group of MPs has warned. ............................... [Telegraph, 8 February]        back to the top

Former RAF sergeant, 60, revealed as transsexual named Foxy Roxy is jailed for offering kinky sex with boy    A transsexual former RAF sergeant has been jailed for eight months after he was discovered offering sex services with a 15-year-old boy. Martin Shaxted, 60, who used the name Foxy Roxy, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday to admit a charge of keeping a brothel and three counts of making and showing 32 indecent images. ............................... [Mail, 8 February]        back to the top

Britain will help Syrian rebels says Cameron as Assad army bombs continue to rain down on Homs    David Cameron gave the green light to a three point plan to force Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to quit yesterday, approving plans to train spindoctors to help the Syrian opposition win support. ............................... [Mail, 8 February]        back to the top

Argentina to raise Falklands UK 'militarisation' at UN    Argentina is to make a formal complaint to the United Nations about British "militarisation" around the disputed Falkland Islands. ............................... [BBC News, 8 February]        back to the top

Russia claims Assad promised 'cessation' of violence in Syria    Russia's foreign minister claimed to have won a promise of a "cessation" of violence on Tuesday after meeting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. ............................... [Telegraph, 7 February]        back to the top

BBC tells its staff: don't call Qatada extremist    In order to avoid making a "value judgment", the corporation's managers have ruled that he can only be described as "radical". A British court has called Qatada a "truly dangerous individual" and even his defence team has suggested he poses a "grave risk" to national security. ............................... [Telegraph, 7 February]
See also:  [Telegraph, 8 February]        back to the top

European judges' ruling on Abu Qatada ' a threat to our national security'    The European Court of Human Rights is undermining Britain's national security by giving terrorists such as Abu Qatada grounds to remain in this country, senior MPs have warned. ............................... [Telegraph, 7 February]        back to the top

Troops could 'control guns with their minds', scientists suggest    Soldiers could control weapons systems simply by using their minds, British scientists have suggested. ............................... [Telegraph, 7 February]        back to the top

'Thought-controlled' drones could lead to new era of war crimes, warns scientist    Drones guided by thought control raise the possibility of machines instead of men being blamed for military accidents and war crimes, a leading scientist warned today. ............................... [Mail, 7 February]        back to the top

Waffen für den Frieden/Weapons for Peace    Bei unserem lieben Nato-Partner USA ist gerade vor ein paar Tagen die X-37B von einem erneuten Testflug gelandet. Bei diesem sogenannten OTV (Orbital Test Vehicle) handelt es sich um eine Art Mini-Space-Shuttle./With our dear NATO partner, the USA, just a few days ago, the X-37B landed after another test flight. This so-called OTV (Orbital Test Vehicle) is a kind of mini-space shuttle. ............................... [The Intelligence, 7 February]        back to the top

Hero Para faces £250,000 court martial for punching Taliban PoW as he fled    A paratrooper with an unblemished service record is being hauled through the military courts for punching a Taliban member who was trying to escape. Astonishingly, the case is going ahead even though the Afghan captive has refused to make a formal complaint, and there are no other witnesses to the incident. But his legal team has made an application to the High Court for judicial review of the decision to prosecute him in an attempt to have the case thrown out. ............................... [Mail, 7 February]        back to the top

'Lone wolf' terror threat warning from terrorists returning from fighting overseas    The Royal United Services Institute estimates about 50 Britons are fighting with Somali extremists Al Shabaab. ............................... [BBC News, 7 February]        back to the top

Search for a Syria strategy focuses on stiffening fragmented opposition.    Arab and western governments contemplate backing the Free Syrian Army as hopes fade of a negotiated peace. [Ed:  Does this mean US will now arm the rebels and provide special forces as 'advisers'?] ............................... [Guardian]        back to the top

Abu Qatada back on the streets within days    Abu Qatada, the radical Islamic preacher once described as Osama bin Laden's "right hand man in Europe", will be back on the streets within days after being granted bail. ............................... [Telegraph, 6 February]        back to the top

Syria crisis: China defends veto of UN resolution    China's top newspapers said the Western push for a regime change in Syria was erroneous, citing previous campaigns in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. The newspaper went on by citing the Libyan example, saying that the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi's regime did not bring "democracy and freedom" to Libyans, but pushed the country close to "falling into a sectarian civil war". ............................... [Telegraph, 6 February]        back to the top

William Hague accuses Russia and China as Syria heads toward 'civil war'    William Hague on Sunday accused Russia and China of "tipping Syria closer to civil war" as he urged the Arab League to take the lead in international efforts to force President Bashar al-Assad from power. ............................... [Telegraph, 6 February]        back to the top

Patrick Cockburn: The death of the American dream in Afghanistan    A devastating leaked Nato report shows the extent of US failure, as the Taliban prepare for the occupying forces to leave. ............................... [Independent, 5 February]        back to the top

Silence thwarts justice for Nimrod victims.    Bereaved mother leads relatives' anger at senior RAF man who refused to answer investigators' questions. Jonathan Owen reports. ............................... [Independent, 5 February]        back to the top

Ministers call for assurance on plans for Scots 'mobile brigade'.    Scottish ministers have called for the UK government to "provide reassurance" that MoD plans to base a new 6,000-strong army brigade in Scotland remain on track. The call comes amid fears that further cutbacks and constitutional wrangling over the independence referendum could jeopardise the plan. ............................... [Scotsman, 5 February]        back to the top

Bloc backs Argentina over Falklands    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and other leaders in the left-leaning ALBA bloc have backed Argentina in its long-running dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands. ............................... [Belfast Telegraph, 5 February]        back to the top

Iran: Military intervention in Syria would ignite region    Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview with al-Manar TV that military intervention in Syria would ignite the whole region. ............................... [Ynetnews, 5 February]        back to the top

9 Syrian soldiers killed in clashes with deserters    Nine Syrian soldiers died and 21 were wounded in clashes overnight with armed rebels in the restive country's northwest, a rights group reported on Sunday. ............................... [Ynetnews, 5 February]        back to the top

Anger at Polish builders squatting in Army homes - and using British law to live there for free    The three Eastern European men moved into a Ministry of Defence semi-detached house next to dozens of Service families three weeks ago. ............................... [Mail, 5 February]        back to the top

Army sends 150 troops to boost Falklands defence    More than 150 troops have been sent to the Falkland Islands to test the UK's military capability against possible Argentine invasion. ............................... [Express, 5 February]        back to the top

Russia and China veto UN resolution on Syria    Russia and China braved Arab and Western fury tonight by vetoing a UN resolution calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down. ............................... [Telegraph, 4 February]        back to the top

Britain steps up its claim to the Falkland Islands    Britain has told Argentina to go back to its own history books to understand why it can have no claim over the Falkland Islands and why there will be no negotiations on sovereignty as it is demanding. ............................... [Independent, 4 February]        back to the top

'There is a point where Islanders will say to the Argentines, "To hell with you..."'    As tensions rise in the South Atlantic, our man in Port Stanley, Governor, Nigel Haywood, remains remarkably sanguine. Graham Bound meets him. ............................... [Independent, 4 February]        back to the top

Drums of war beat louder as Iran and Israel step up rhetoric. Stop before point of no return    Evidence is mounting that Washington believes an Israeli attack on Iran is now only a matter of time. ............................... [Independent, 4 February]        back to the top

Ex Royal Navy officer, Anthony Gray, fails to overturn fraud conviction for boarding school claim    A former Royal Navy commander, jailed for falsely claiming £53,000 in expenses for his children's boarding school fees has failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear his name. Anthony Gray, who was based at MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol, continued to claim an education allowance for his two children, then aged 11 and 15, when he ceased to be their "prime carer" after splitting from his wife. ............................... [This is Bristol, 4 February]        back to the top

Navy 'sends submarine to Falklands'    The Royal Navy is sending a nuclear submarine to the Falkland Islands amid heightened tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed islands, it has been reported. ............................... [Guardian, 4 February]        back to the top

US military drops 'kill team' charges against soldier Michael Wagnon    Michael Wagnon testified that he only shot his gun in defence during Afghan deployment in which civilians were killed for sport. ............................... [Guardian, 4 February]        back to the top

Armed Forces chiefs dodge redundancies - just seven lost their posts in cuts compared with 6,000 servicemen    Armed Forces chiefs been accused of dodging redundancies after just seven lost their posts in cuts compared with 6,000 servicemen who have been sacked in the last five months. ............................... [Telegraph, 4 February]        back to the top

Tragedy of the 50 soldiers killed in Afghanistan who couldn't afford life insurance    Fifty British troops have been killed in Afghanistan without taking out life insurance. They could not afford premiums of up to £74 a month to cover their loved ones in the event of their death or serious injury. ............................... [Mail, 3 February]        back to the top

Russia 'cannot support' UN Syria draft resolution    Russia's deputy foreign minister says his country "cannot support" a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria. ............................... [BBC News, 3 February]        back to the top

Libyan diplomat Omar Brebesh dies 'under torture' by Tripoli-based militia    Libya's former ambassador to France has died less than 24 hours after being arrested by Tripoli-based militia, a US-based human rights group has said. ............................... [BBC News, 3 February]        back to the top

The swarming quadrotors that could one day help our troops    Like some epic computer-generated movie scene, futuristic aircraft swarm around in synchronised fashion and perform impressive mid-air stunts. ............................... [Mail, 3 February]        back to the top

Macabre War Trophy: Gaddafi's bloodied shirt and wedding ring to go up for auction at $2m price tag    The wedding ring and shirt worn by former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi when he was killed by rebels last October have reportedly been put up for sale for $2million. ............................... [Mail, 3 February]        back to the top

Wife of RAF pilot Kai Macnaughton cleared of sex assault tells of family's 12-month ordeal.    Jury believed Squadron Leader Kai Macnaughton's account that activity was consensual. ............................... [Mail, 3 February]        back to the top

UK 'is in range of Iran's missiles' as Clegg says he is 'worried' that war could break out    Iran is developing a missile with a 6,200-mile range capable of reaching Britain, it was revealed yesterday. ............................... [Mail, 3 February]        back to the top

War heroes betrayed because of their colour: New film on black US pilots who fought the Nazis. What it doesn't show is how they were treated upon their return    Fighter pilot Alexander Jefferson was on another combat mission in the clear blue skies over the South of France, this time tasked with strafing German radar stations. ............................... [Mail, 3 February]        back to the top

Still Britain rattles sabres. Nothing learned from Afghanistan.    As we 'withdraw' from Afghanistan across the Taliban's golden bridge, we could be heading for catastrophe over Iran. ............................... [Guardian, 3 February]        back to the top

'Substantial' troop pull-out from Afghanistan planned for early 2013    Britain is likely to begin withdrawing a substantial number of troops from Afghanistan by spring 2013 as the US begins to wind down its presence in the country. ............................... [Telegraph, 3 February]        back to the top

Life term for Cambodia Khmer Rouge jailer Duch    Cambodia's UN-backed genocide court has rejected an appeal by Khmer Rouge jailer Duch and increased his sentence to life imprisonment. ............................... [BBC News, 3 February]        back to the top

Russia threatens UN veto over Syria resolution    Russia has threatened to veto a UN Security Council resolution on Syria if it is put to a vote on Friday, diplomats say. ............................... [BBC News, 3 February]        back to the top

Diplomats say progress made in UN talks on Syria    The British envoy Mark Lyall Grant said a vote could be held in the next few days but added "we are not there yet". ............................... [BBC News, 2 February]        back to the top

Decorated RAF pilot 'sexually assaulted woman in her bed after party'... and she thought it was husband (until she punched him in the face)    Squadron Leader Kai Mcnaughton, 42, who has completed seven tours of duty in Afghanistan, went into the woman's bedroom as his wife and her husband were downstairs at the party, Winchester Crown Court heard. ............................... [Mail, 2 February]        back to the top

Staying in Afghanistan    The essential goal now, as 11 years ago, is to prevent Afghanistan becoming a base for international terrorism. ............................... [Telegraph, 2 February]        back to the top

Afghanistan: Leon Panetta signals end to US combat role    The US will seek to wind down combat operations in Afghanistan during 2013, more than a year before a deadline for withdrawal, the defence secretary says. ............................... [BBC News, 2 February]        back to the top

Rival Libya militias battle in Tripoli    Rival Libyan militia groups have fought a gun battle in the capital, Tripoli, officials say. Exchanges of fire were heard and plumes of smoke seen coming from a district known as Tariq Al Shat in central Tripoli, eyewitnesses said. ............................... [BBC News, 1 February]        back to the top

West attempts to persuade Russia over Syria resolution    Attempts are to be made at the United Nations to persuade Russia not to block international endorsement of an Arab League peace plan for Syria. ............................... [BBC News, 1 February]        back to the top

Army chief: soldiers will face new and greater risks    Public inquiries, "awkward" human rights cases and equipment failings have led to the expectation that the Armed Forces will fight wars without anyone being killed, the head of the Army Gen Sir Peter Wall has warned. ............................... [Telegraph, 1 February]
See also:  [Daily Mail, 1 February]        back to the top

Secret files reveal Taliban will retake control of Afghanistan when NATO troops withdraw    A secret U.S. military report claims the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, are set to retake control over Afghanistan when NATO-led forces withdraw from the country. ............................... [Mail, 1 February]        back to the top

Well that's gratitude! We give India £1bn in aid, THEY snub the UK and give France a £13bn jet contract    India has snubbed British industry and awarded a £13billion deal to supply fighter jets to France. The contract was lost despite Government claims that the UK's £1billion aid package to India would help secure the order.     [Ed: soldiers have no right to sue and yet are being told they MUST accept a detrimental change in pension increment rate from RPI to CPI] ............................... [Mail, 1 February]        back to the top

Judges may sue to save their 'free' pensions after threatening court action unless Government backs down    Judges are rebelling against an attempt to make them contribute to their pensions for the first time. They have threatened to launch an unprecedented court action against the Crown unless the Government backs down on its demands for a share of their salaries.     [Ed: soldiers have no right to sue and yet are being told they MUST accept a detrimental change in pension increment rate from RPI to CPI] ............................... [Mail, 1 February]        back to the top

Pakistan helping Afghan Taliban - Nato    The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC. ............................... [BBC News, 1 February]        back to the top

Impasse at UN Security Council debate on Syria violence    A day of debate at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria has ended without agreement. ............................... [BBC News, 1 February]        back to the top

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