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Disabled Iraq war veteran sent to live on tenth floor of tower block wins £1million compensation after being 'let down by Army and MoD'.    An Iraq war veteran who was sent to live on the tenth floor of a tower block after recovering from a spinal injury sustained during service has won £1million in damages from the Ministry of Defence. ............................... [Mail, 31 March]        back to the top

William Hague faces legal action over Sri Lankan diplomat war crimes claim    Tamil group to bring judicial review against foreign secretary over refusal to declare military attache persona non grata. ............................... [Guardian, 31 March]        back to the top

'Afghan plot to murder UK ambassador foiled'    A plot to assassinate the former British ambassador to Afghanistan was foiled, the UK's current representative in Kabul has said. ............................... [Independent, 30 March]        back to the top

UK accused of 'double standards' over weapons exports to Bahrain    Rights groups say situation in flashpoint country is being ignored while 'commercial interests' are put first. ............................... [Independent, 30 March]        back to the top

Four more UK soldiers disciplined after Afghan civilians killed or injured    Minister's disclosure about hearings behind closed doors brings number of cases to eight. Need for open justice if Military Justice System is to retain credibility. ............................... [Guardian, 30 March]        back to the top

Afghanistan: list of investigations and prosecutions of British troops    There have been at least 126 investigations into British forces' conduct in Afghanistan. See the list here. ............................... [Guardian, 30 March]        back to the top

The West will pay a terrible price if we leave Afghanistan in the lurch    The regime in Kabul needs significant military and financial aid to hold off the Taliban after Nato's withdrawal. ............................... [Telegraph, 30 March]        back to the top

Britain to double support to Syrian opposition    Britain announced it would double support to Syria's fractured opposition forces amid reports that almost the entire 50,000 strong Christian population of Homs had been driven out by fighting. ............................... [Telegraph, 30 March]        back to the top

'Dozens killed' in clashes in Libyan town of Sabha    At least 70 people have reportedly been killed in fighting between militias around the Libyan town of Sabha. ............................... [BBC News, 29 March]        back to the top

Migrant boat disaster: Spain challenges Nato over distress call claim    Spanish government says existence of message must be proved as pressure mounts on Nato over fateful voyage. ............................... [Guardian, 30 March]        back to the top

'A rescue would have been a piece of cake': Nato and Euro coastguards slammed for 'letting 63 Libyan refugees starve to death on boat cast adrift in Mediterranean'    Dozens of refugees fleeing war-torn Libya on a boat were 'left to die' after they were cast adrift and their distress calls went unanswered for days, a damning report has revealed. Nato warships and European coastguards were blamed for a series of errors which contributed to the deaths of 63 African migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2011. ............................... [Mail, 29 March]        back to the top

20 killed in 'intense' firefight after NATO convoy is ambushed in Afghan mountains    Insurgents ambushed a NATO coalition supply convoy in a mountainous area of western Afghanistan, sparking a three-hour firefight in which an Afghan soldier, five security guards and at least 14 attackers were killed, Afghan officials said Thursday. ............................... [MSNBC, 29 March]        back to the top

Secret justice 'not crucial to U.S. ties': Elite lawyers dismiss argument for court restrictions    An elite group of lawyers in charge of 'secret justice' measures has launched a fresh assault on Government plans to widen their use. ............................... [Mail, 29 March]        back to the top

War in Afghanistan: Mission impossible?    The threat of roadside bombs is constant, and the mortal danger posed by the local forces they are meant to be training is on the rise. Now a cache of explosive vests has been found hidden in the Ministry of Defence in Kabul. ............................... [Independent, 28 March]        back to the top

NATO Could Not Handle Intervention in Syria    Calls are intensifying for the United States, NATO and the Arab League to intervene to halt the bloodbath being perpetrated in Syria. Commentators on both the Left and Right are castigating the Obama Administration for its seeming hypocrisy in refusing to act in Syria having done so in Libya. The same arguments that were made to justify intervention in Libya apply in spades to the situation in Syria. ............................... [DefPro News,28 March]        back to the top

Libya should embrace federalism    The transfer of power to Libya's regions is the best way forward, following a revolution against stifling central control. ............................... [Guardian,28 March]        back to the top

How to get tough with a terrorist: As UK agonises over Qatada, Italy simply ignores Euro judges and kicks out fanatic    For years, successive governments have insisted that extremist preacher Abu Qatada cannot be kicked out of Britain, claiming it would breach his human rights. Perhaps we should have looked to Italy as an example. ............................... [Mail,28 March]        back to the top

Troops could be in Afghanistan until late 2014    The majority of British troops could remain in Afghanistan until late 2014, under withdrawal plans being considered by ministers and military chiefs. ............................... [Telegraph,28 March]        back to the top

Egypt told to give military leaders 'safe exit' by western governments    Pressure applied to grant immunity, Muslim Brotherhood claims, but party insists generals will face trial over alleged killings. ............................... [Guardian,28 March]        back to the top

Syria: a devious diplomacy    Assad's side believe that if they give quarter it will be the end of them, while the opposition groups differ on many matters but not at all on the imperative of revenge. ............................... [Guardian,27 March]        back to the top

'You can no longer dictate to the world,' Ahmadinejad tells US    The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said yesterday that the US and Nato could no longer dictate policy to the rest of the world and called for the immediate withdrawal of their troops from Afghanistan. ............................... [Independnet,27 March]        back to the top

Assad Tours Homs As Syria Peace Deal Accepted    Syrian President Bashar al Assad has toured a former rebel stronghold devastated by his forces as his country accepted a UN-backed deal to end the bloody conflict. Mr Assad was shown around the Baba Amr district of Homs, which was besieged by regime troops for weeks. ............................... [Yahoo New, 27 March]        back to the top

Roadside bomb kills NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan    A coalition service member was killed on Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. Few other details were immediately released. ............................... [Earth Threats, 27 March]        back to the top

Libyan militias clash in city of Sabha    Clashes between rival militias in the southern Libyan city of Sabha have left at least 25 people dead, officials say. ............................... [BBC News, 27 March]        back to the top

Former British soldier 'used his SAS training to strangle boyfriend' in France    A former British soldier has told a French court how he used his elite military training to strangle his alleged boyfriend with a Satnav car cable at the start of his murder trial. ............................... [Telegraph, 27 March]        back to the top

Mass suicide attack foiled on same day as two British soldiers were shot dead by Afghan army officer at compound gates    A mass suicide attack which was to target buses in the Afghan capital of Kabul has been foiled. Intelligence officials seized 11 custom made 'suicide jackets' in the country's ministry of defence, less than a mile from the presidential palace. Several Afghans, some reportedly soldiers in the Afghan National Army, were arrested and are now being questioned. ............................... [Mail, 27 March]        back to the top

Soldiers risked lives trying to save fatally injured colleague in Afghanistan    Inquest into death of Captain Lisa Jade Head, who was killed by bomb, told of her courage and that of her colleagues. ............................... [Guardian, 27 March]        back to the top

Is the UN turning its back on Syria? Kofi Annan visits Moscow and says it's up to the Syrians to solve crisis    Kofi Annan, the United Nations and Arab League envoy to Syria, said today that there is not a deadline for ending the Syrian crisis, but it can't be allowed to drag on indefinitely. ............................... [Mail, 27 March]        back to the top

Arab spring leads to wave of Middle East state executions    Arab uprisings lead to rise in capital punishment in Middle East but Amnesty finds some comfort in world figures &mdsh; even in China. ............................... [Guardian, 27 March]        back to the top

Royal Military Police to be dropped from Iraq 'abuse' investigation    The Royal Military Police are to be removed from their role in probing allegations of torture and ill treatment by more than 100 Iraqis, it was announced today. That role will now be carried out by the Royal Navy Police, said Armed Forces minister Nick Harvey. The move follows a critical ruling by the Court of Appeal. ............................... [Independent, 26 March]        back to the top

Two British troops killed in Afghanistan: timeline of 'green on blue' killings    Two British soldiers have been shot dead by an Afghan army officer after an argument at the British headquarters in Helmand province, in the latest "green on blue" attack, where Afghan forces have turned their weapons on their Nato allies. ............................... [Telegraph, 26 March]        back to the top

Libya leaders must avoid repetition of Iraq errors    As post-revolution Libya looks ahead, Iraq looms as a perilous example. After 42 years of dictatorship, Libya, like Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussain, needs more than wishful thinking to become a vibrant democracy. It needs organised state-building in Tripoli - and realistic policymaking in Western capitals. ............................... [Gulf Times, 26 March]        back to the top

BREAKING NEWS: Soldiers killed in Afghanistan by man in Afghan uniform were BRITISH    The attack in Lashkar Gar appeared to be the latest in a string of 'green on blue' attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned on their international colleagues or mentors. ............................... [Mail, 26 March]        back to the top

RAF bomber crews 'trained to attack airfields in deep inside Argentina in daring night-raids' to prevent new Falklands attack    The RAF planned to deploy Vulcan bombers deep within Argentine territory to stop any attempts to retake the Falkland Islands, it has been claimed. A top team of veteran pilots spent months plotting the raids, preparing to fly hundreds of miles into Argentina in the cover of darkness to destroy runways and prevent the airforce from taking off. ............................... [Mail, 26 March]        back to the top

Honeymoon in Helmand: Military couple spend first days as newly-weds in warzone    Most honeymooners live it up on a luxury break in the Caribbean or Mediterranean. But not military couple Gareth and Rachel Mawdsley “ who ended up in war-torn Helmand in Afghanistan. ............................... [Mirror, 26 March]        back to the top

Charges against US soldier Robert Bales 'unbelievable', says wife    Karilyn Bales, the wife of Staff Sgt Robert Bales, the US soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers, has defended her husband, saying she finds the charged "unbelievable". ............................... [Telegraph, 26 March]        back to the top

Bomb Iran and it will surely decide to pursue nuclear arms    If Israel's 1981 bombing of Iraqi nuclear facilities teaches us anything, it's that the quickest way to help the Iranians make up their minds is to attack them. ............................... [Guardian, 26 March]        back to the top

The Russia-NATO summit cancelled    A Russia-NATO summit, which was scheduled in May, is cancelled. According to the official version, the summit was cancelled over "an intensive domestic political calendar in Russia." However, the experts believe that this step is caused by disagreements of the parties concerned over the European missile defence system. ............................... [Tass News, 25 March]        back to the top

MoD tried to cover up selling Harrier jets to Americans for knock-down price of £112m after £600m refit    Secret correspondence seen by The Mail on Sunday shows that senior defence officials knew the move was likely to prove controversial, and they urged officials to stonewall awkward questions from the media. ............................... [Mail, 25 March]        back to the top

SAS rescue team pose as tourists    Special Forces posed as tourists in Kenya as part of the secret £5million rescue plan to free British hostage Judith Tebbutt. ............................... [Daily Star, 25 March]        back to the top

Gurkha's may no longer serve the Britons    A recent development in Nepal may finally see the end of a legion serving her Majesty for two centuries now. The Gurkha service in British army has become legendary. But reports last week revealed that Nepalese MPs recently backed an end to the recruitment of Gurkhas abroad. ............................... [New Europe, 25 March]        back to the top

Army training to deliver fuel in case of strike action    Army drivers are being trained to deliver fuel to petrol stations in case of a possible strike by tanker drivers. ............................... [BBC News, 25 March]        back to the top

New delay over fighter jet choice    A decision on the choice of the Royal Navy's new combat jet has been delayed yet again following disagreements between senior officers and defence ministers. ............................... [Telegraph, 25 March]        back to the top

Helicopter hero who saved 30 soldiers by flying one-handed awarded one of RAF's highest honours    Flight Lieutenant Dan Cullen's Chinook was flying at 115mph just 50ft above the ground when his co-pilot “ who had been shot by the Taliban “ lost consciousness and slumped forward on to his controls. ............................... [Mail, 25 March]        back to the top

The Falklands heroes who found peace hard to win    Five men who fought in the fierce battle for Mount Tumbledown come together again for the first time in 30 years - and speak frankly about their struggles with the after-effects of war. ............................... [Telegraph, 25 March]        back to the top

Afghan massacre: Kandahar families given compensation    Afghan families who lost relatives in the Kandahar massacre have been paid compensation by the US military. ............................... [BBC News, 25 March]        back to the top

Libya's elections must be postponed    The unrest in Libya following last year's intervention makes any attempt at democratic elections premature, argue Ranj Alaaldin and Alia Brahimi. ............................... [Telegraph, 24 March]        back to the top

Falklands defence budget to be cut despite conflict with Argentina    The amount spent to protect the Falklands is to fall, despite mounting tensions with Argentina over the sovereignty of the islands. The move will raise concerns as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War approaches on April 2. ............................... [Mail, 24 March]        back to the top

The Falklands war couldn't happen today “ we don't have enough ship builders    The Britain that built the fleet of ships that sailed to the Falklands seems remote to us now. ............................... [Guardian, 24 March]        back to the top

Aircraft carrier costs will be half what you think, US tells ministers    The US Navy has intervened over the adaptation of a British aircraft carrier for a new generation of fighter jets, to assure ministers that the cost will be less than half the Ministry of Defence's estimate. ............................... [Telegraph, 24 March]        back to the top

Choosing Plan B: Reviewing the UK's Choice of Joint Strike Fighter    As the full ramifications of the austerity measures become clear, the UK may be reconsidering the choice of F-35 variant which it will buy under its Joint Combat Aircraft programme. For costs and operational reasons, Variant B is the logical choice. ............................... [RUSI, 23 March]        back to the top

War on Iran? It is too soon to reminisce about Iraq, let alone have a repeat    The Class of 2002 are beating the drums on Iran, failing to learn from a war that's not yet history. Well, it shows chutzpah. ............................... [Guardian, 23 March]        back to the top

'Inferno' awaits Syria troops if they invade Binesh: rebel    The Syrian town of Binesh "will become an inferno" if government troops launch a much-feared new assault on it, says Abu Salmu, a commander of rebel fighters there. ............................... [Yahoo News, 23 March]        back to the top

Military Cross for injured medic    A Royal Navy medic who saved the lives of four colleagues despite being seriously injured in a grenade attack has been awarded the Military Cross for Bravery. Medical Assistant Liam O'Grady sustained injuries to his face and legs while on patrol in Afghanistan. ............................... [ITV News, 23 March]        back to the top

Flag to be lowered as RAF makes way for the Army    The RAF ensign will be lowered next week as a base in Rutland is handed over to the Army. The flag will be lowered in a ceremony at RAF Cottesmore on Saturday, March 31, in readiness for the takeover by the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment in the summer. ............................... [Leicester Mercury, 23 March]        back to the top

US Army: PTSD treatable; some diagnosed return to war    It is still not known if the soldier accused of killing 17 Afghans was ever diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder - but even if he had been, that alone would not have prevented him from being sent back to war. ............................... [Associated Press, 23 March]        back to the top

US soldier to be charged with 17 counts of murder over Afghan killings    A US soldier will be charged with 17 counts of murder over the killings of civilians in a rampage in southern Afghanistan, a US official said on Thursday. ............................... [Telegraph, 23 March]        back to the top

A Year Later, Libya is Still a Mess    One year after the U.S., Britain, and France began their war in Libya, the harmful consequences of Western intervention are readily apparent. The internal disorder and regional instability that the West's assault created were foreseen by many critics. And yet, Western governments made no meaningful efforts to prepare for them. ............................... [The Week, 23 March]        back to the top

The secret Falklands 'suicide mission'    The story of the Falklands soldiers who refused to carry out a dangerous raid on an Argentine fighter base. ............................... [Telegraph, 22 March]        back to the top

Russia and China join UN security council effort to end Syrian bloodshed    All 15 council members unite to throw weight behind Kofi Annan's peace plan in rare show of global unity. ............................... [Guardian, 22 March]        back to the top

Libya says it has deal with Mauritania to extradite former Gaddafi spy chief    National Transitional Council spokesman repeats president's Twitter claim over Abdullah al-Senussi but date yet to be given. ............................... [Guardian, 22 March]        back to the top

Soldier blinded by IRA wins pay-out over "inhuman treatment" by council    Private Andrew Bull, 48, lost the sight in both eyes in a bombing in Belfast - but was delighted to start a job as a telephonist with a Labour-run council. But an employment tribunal was told he was "harassed and victimised" after he failed to join a two-day strike by council workers. ............................... [Telegraph, 21 March]        back to the top

'No proof' in Afghan massacre suspect Sgt Bales case    The lawyer representing a US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in their homes has said there is little proof of his client's guilt. ............................... [BBC News, 20 March]        back to the top

Peru cancels Royal Navy visit over Falklands    Peru has cancelled a visit by a Royal Navy frigate as an act of solidarity with Argentina in its dispute with the UK over the Falkland Islands. ............................... [BBC News, 20 March]        back to the top

Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses    Armed opposition elements have carried out serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today in a public letter to the Syrian National Council (SNC) and other leading Syrian opposition groups. Abuses include kidnapping, detention, and torture of security force members, government supporters, and people identified as members of pro-government militias, called shabeeha. Human Rights Watch has also received reports of executions by armed opposition groups of security force members and civilians. ...............................[Human Rights Watch, 20 March]       
See also:  [Guardian, 20 March]        back to the top

Britain has to decide upon the Royal Navy's role    A former First Sea Lord laments the Royal Navy's lack of ships “ but what it needs most is a maritime strategy. ............................... [Telegraph, 20 March]        back to the top

Gurkha service in Britain's armed forces under threat from Nepal government bill    Almost two centuries of Gurkha service in Britain's armed forces is set to draw to a close after Nepal MPs backed a ban on recruitment when economic conditions are strong enough to generate alternative jobs. ............................... [Telegraph, 20 March]        back to the top

Afghanistan security firm ban stirs Western fears    Afghanistan's interior ministry has set a fresh deadline - this Wednesday - for private security firms to end operations in the country. The government has extended this deadline several times in the past. But as the BBC's Bilal Sarwary reports from Kabul, international aid workers and diplomatic missions view the ministry's announcement with scepticism and concern. ............................... [BBC News, 20 March]        back to the top

Human Rights: Veiled Muslim juror asked to stand down by judge because he wouldn't be able to see her facial expression    A Muslim woman was barred from serving on a jury yesterday because she refused to remove her veil. In an extraordinary ruling, a judge said she could not sit on an attempted murder trial because her full face covering, known as the niqab, concealed her expressions. ............................... [Mail, 20 March]        back to the top

Cameron's warplane shot down by costs    David Cameron will perform a humiliating U-turn over the warplanes that will fly from the Royal Navy's planned new aircraft carriers. ............................... [Mail, 20 March]        back to the top

Ministers discuss U-turn on F-35 fighter planes    In 2010 the government decided it would not order the Short Take Off, Vertical Landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, also known as the F-35. David Cameron argued another plane was more suitable. But costs have risen and Defence Secretary Philip, understood to prefer reverting to the original choice, is thought to have met the prime minister. ............................... [BBC News, 19 March]        back to the top

Libya: Civilian deaths from NATO airstrikes must be properly investigated    NATO has so far failed to investigate the killing of scores of civilians in Libya in airstrikes carried out by its forces, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing paper released a year after the first strike sorties took place. ............................... [Amnesty, 19 March]
See also:  [Guardian, 19 March]        back to the top

Libya campaign 'has made UN missions to protect civilians less likely'    Thinktank says 'contortion' of security council resolution makes agreement from countries such as China or Russia harder to win. The Libya campaign led by Britain and France was a military success but has come at a potentially high price, making future UN-backed missions to protect civilians less likely, a report by a leading UK security thinktank has warned. ............................... [Guardian, 19 March]
See also:  [Access the RUSI Report]        back to the top

Female corporal found hanged in barracks never recovered from rape by two colleagues family reveals    A woman soldier who tragically hanged herself in her barracks had never got over being raped by two Army colleagues, her family revealed. ............................... [Mail, 19 March]        back to the top

Under attack... from a spider: How one soldier spent three months in hospital after being bitten during a tour of Iraq    When Lance Corporal Sammy O'Gorman learned he was being sent to fight in Iraq, he immediately thought of the dangers of deadly roadside bombs. ............................... [Mail, 19 March]        back to the top

Libya, France and ICC compete for custody of Gaddafi intelligence chief    A three-way battle for custody of the Gaddafi regime's spymaster was threatening to break out following his arrest while trying to enter Mauritania on a fake passport over the weekend. ............................... [Guardian, 18 March]        back to the top

Defence cuts mean we could not retake the Falkland with our 'dire Navy', claims military chief who secured islands 30 years ago    The Navy is as much use as 'a Swiss Navy' and would not be able to recapture the Falkland Islands if Argentina invaded, claims a veteran military chief. ............................... [Mail, 18 March]        back to the top

Lord West: cut foreign aid to defend the Falklands    Millions of pounds should be stripped out of the foreign aid budget and diverted to defence to help Britain defend the Falklands, according the former First Sea Lord. ............................... [Telegraph, 18 March]        back to the top

The secrets of Saif Gaddafi's jail: chef, satellite TV and a basketball court for just one    Muammar Gaddafi's eldest son is due to be taken to a prison within a prison in the suburbs of Tripoli to await trial. Libya's ruling National Transitional Council is taking no chances: to house this one man, they have emptied Tripoli's biggest jail, Al Ahdath, and built a prison-within-a-prison to accommodate him. ............................... [Guardian, 18 March]        back to the top

Gaddafi aide's arrest could shed light on Libyan secrets    Senussi's arrest in Mauritania after months on the run is a blow not only to the remnants of the Gaddafi regime. Libya's former head of military intelligence would have been privy to its most sensitive secrets “ information that could yet cause embarrassment to Britain and other countries. ............................... [Guardian, 18 March]        back to the top

Falklands Remembered: return to Mount Longdon    Major General Jonathan Shaw CBE is Colonel Commandant of The Parachute Regiment and the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff. Earlier this year, he returned for the first time in three decades to the Falklands with his wife Gillie and children Tom, 14, Ella, 10, to tell them the story of a battle he'll never forget. ............................... [Telegraph, 18 March]        back to the top

Libyan police too scared to arrest cemetery vandals    Police in Libya captured three members of an armed mob that desecrated British war graves in Benghazi “ but released them after a few hours because they were 'too dangerous'. ............................... [Mail, 18 March]        back to the top

Argentine veteran rejects British Falkland Islands partner for dance show    An Argentine veteran of the Falklands War and contestant in the local version of 'Strictly Come Dancing' has rejected a British resident of the islands as his partner, fuelled by hostilities between Britain and Argentina over the territory. ............................... [Telegraph, 18 March]        back to the top

Saudi sends military equipment to Syria rebels: diplomat    Saudi Arabia is delivering military equipment to Syrian rebels in an effort to stop bloodshed by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, a top Arab diplomat said on Saturday. ............................... [Gulf News, 17 March]        back to the top

Baseball caps and zip-up boots with fake laces as Royal Navy makes 'daring fashion statement'    It's the sort of change that would have Britain's greatest naval hero putting his telescope to his good eye to check that he was seeing things correctly. ............................... [Mail, 17 March]        back to the top

Turkey threatens military incursion into northern Syria as refugees flee across its borders    Turkey threatened to launch a military incursion into northern Syria after refugees fleeing alleged massacres by pro-Assad forces poured across its frontiers. ............................... [Telegraph, 16 March]        back to the top

Double blow to Nato as Karzai and Taliban derail Afghanistan strategy    Announcements by main partner and main opponents of coalition forces leave political and military blueprints in tatters. ............................... [Guardian, 16 March]        back to the top

Two soldiers shot dead in south-west France    Two soldiers have been killed and a third wounded by a gunman on a scooter who opened fire near a military base at Montauban in southern France. ............................... [BBC News, 16 March]        back to the top

Libya: Human Rights Council Monitoring Needed - Militias Committing Serious Crimes    The UN Human Rights Council should condemn serious, ongoing human rights violations by militias in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today. The council should appoint an independent expert to document the abuses and monitor the government's response. ............................... [Human Rights Watch, 15 March]        back to the top

Afghanistan's Taliban suspend peace talks with US    The Taliban in Afghanistan have suspended preliminary peace negotiations with the United States. Meanwhile President Hamid Karzai urged Nato troops to leave Afghan villages after a US soldier killed 16 civilians. US officials denied any major rift. ............................... [BBC News, 15 March]        back to the top

Budget 2012: Ex Armed Forces chiefs call for troop pay cap reversal    Six former Armed Forces chiefs yesterday called on George Osborne to reverse his "unjust" pay cap on the salary of British soldiers in next week's Budget. ............................... [Telegraph, 15 March]        back to the top

International justice: many crimes, occasional punishment    It has been six long years since Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese warlord, first went on trial in The Hague accused of recruiting child soldiers. ............................... [Guardian, 14 March]        back to the top

Ten years, $900m, one verdict: Does the ICC cost too much?    he International Criminal Court has delivered its first judgement, after a decade in existence, and spending nearly $1bn. Critics say it costs too much, but is this fair? ............................... [BBC News, 14 March]        back to the top

Pay cuts eroding morale in Armed Forces, report warns    Pay cuts and other reductions in allowances "risk damaging the morale and motivation" of Armed Forces personnel, an official review has found. The Armed Forces Pay Review Body has also questioned plans to freeze pay for junior Services personnel on the front line from next year, telling ministers to show more "flexibility" on wages in future. ............................... [Telegraph, 14 March]        back to the top

Veterans lose nuclear weapons test damages bid    Hundreds of ex-servicemen exposed to radiation in British nuclear weapons tests have lost a Supreme Court bid to launch damages claims against the MoD. ............................... [BBC News, 14 March]        back to the top

Falkland Islands 'was nearly shared by Britain and Argentina'    Britain was on the verge of sharing the Falkland Islands with Argentina almost 40 years ago, with islanders having joint nationality, it was claimed on Tuesday. ............................... [Telegraph, 14 March]        back to the top

Landmark ICC verdict over use of child soldiers    The conviction of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, the leader of a Congolese armed group, for using children in armed conflict shows the International Criminal Court (ICC) can bring the world's worst offenders to justice for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Amnesty International said. ............................... [Amnesty, 14 March]        back to the top

Euro judges have no judicial experience... admits head of the court that said Qatada must stay in UK    Many of the 'best' judges at the European Court of Human Rights have no judicial experience, its president admitted yesterday. In a rare appearance at Westminster, Sir Nicolas Bratza came under fire from MPs over a string of controversial judgments, including the blocking of the deportation of hate preacher Abu Qatada and a ruling that prisoners should be given the vote. ............................... [Mail, 14 March]        back to the top

The systemic atrocity of Afghanistan's occupation    Is there a morally significant difference between murder, like the Panjwai massacre, and collateral damage? Ask Afghan civilians.It is believed in the west that some innocent death is excusable in war, as long as the deaths are not intended, and even if those deaths are foreseeable. But if civilian deaths are foreseeable in a course of action, and we take that action anyway, did we not intend them? ............................... [Guardian, 13 March]        back to the top

The European court of human rights needs these British reforms    The Strasbourg court is in a mess. It doesn't help human rights to damn our eminently sensible reforms as reactionary. ............................... [Guardian, 13 March]        back to the top

Massacres are the inevitable result of foreign occupation    The latest slaughter in Afghanistan is part of a decade of savage civilian killing: until Nato leaves, it is certain to continue. ............................... [Guardian, 13 March]        back to the top

Rupert Cornwell: Poisonous atmosphere adds to growing mistrust of American troops    President Obama today vowed to "follow the facts wherever they lead" in the massacre of Afghan villagers allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier, whose trial and punishment could now transform the politics of the 11-year war, both in Afghanistan and the US. ............................... [Independent, 13 March]        back to the top

Three-quarters of public believe war in Afghanistan is unwinnable    The figure has grown from 60% in June last year to 73%, while more than half (55%) think British troops should be withdrawn immediately compared to 48% previously. ............................... [Independent, 13 March]        back to the top

US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans could be executed, says Leon Panetta    The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghans could be executed if convicted, the Pentagon chief said, as President Barack Obama warned a war-weary public against a rushed exit from Afghanistan. ............................... [Telegraph, 13 March]        back to the top

Cost of refitting Royal Navy aircraft carrier trebles    The costs of refitting a Royal Navy aircraft carrier so it can be used by a new generation of fighter jets have more than trebled, defence sources have told The Daily Telegraph. ............................... [Telegraph, 13 March]        back to the top

Colonel Gaddafi 'gave French President Nicolas Sarkozy £42million to fund his 2007 election campaign'    Evidence made public in Paris is said to prove that the two men had an illegal financial arrangement that helped Mr Sarkozy to power in 2007. A governmental briefing note published by Mediapart, an investigative website, points to numerous visits to Libya by Mr Sarkozy and his colleagues that were aimed at securing funding. ............................... [Guardian, 13 March]        back to the top

Solidarity with Syrians ... but which Syrians?    This week brings the first anniversary of the Syrian uprising, and the occasion will be marked by demonstrations against the Assad regime in various countries. One of them will be in London on Saturday and among those taking part, apparently, will be Lizzie Phelan. ............................... [al-bab.com, 13 March]        back to the top

Obama and Cameron set to end troops' lead combat role in Afghanistan    Leaders meeting to discuss plans for British and US military move to support and training role by middle of 2013. ............................... [Guardian, 13 March]        back to the top

Soldier arrested on suspicion of murder    Ian Lowe from 1st Batallion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment held in connection with death of Leanne McNuff in Manchester. ............................... [Guardian, 13 March]        back to the top

Bradley Manning's treatment was cruel and inhuman, UN torture chief rules    UN special rapporteur on torture's findings likely to reignite criticism of US government's treatment of WikiLeaks suspect. ............................... [Guardian, 13 March]        back to the top

Afghanistan and the soldiers without a safety catch    We should think harder before we deploy troops. They are dehumanised by training, and made to kill. ............................... [Guardian, 13 March]        back to the top

Syrians still divided over country's future    The BBC Arabic Service's Omar Abdel-Razek has recently returned from reporting in Syria where he was able to travel to three cities. He found Syrians anxious about the future and undecided about whether to back the government or those seeking its overthrow. ............................... [BBC News, 12 March]        back to the top

US Military under fire over troops' mental health    The apparently random nature of the American serviceman's rampage through Afghan villages has raised questions about his mental state, and any vetting process potential recruits undergo before they are handed a firearm and deployed to the field. ............................... [Independent, 12 March]        back to the top

Libyan human rights abuses 'deeply concerns' Ban Ki-moon    Illegal arrests, revenge attacks and deaths following torture in secret prisons are continuing in Libya by armed militias with the new government failing to establish an effective judicial system, according to the Secretary General of the United Nations. ............................... [Independent, 12 March]        back to the top

Teenager charged over comment on Afghanistan troops    A teenager will appear in court after allegedly making comments on Facebook about the deaths of six soldiers in Afghanistan last week, police said. Azhar Ahmed, 19, according to West Yorkshire Police, posted the comments on his profile page and has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence, according to West Yorkshire Police. ............................... [Independent, 12 March]        back to the top

Clinton Clashes With Russian Counterpart Lavrov at UN Over Stance on Syria    Russia came under renewed attack at the United Nations today over its protection of Syria after President Bashar al-Assad rejected peace proposals by UN envoy Kofi Annan and persevered in a deadly crackdown on protesters. ............................... [Bloomberg News, 12 March]        back to the top

Head of the Army reaffirms commitment to Afghanistan mission    Writing in The Sun newspaper on Sunday General Wall, who is Chief of the General Staff, the professional Head of the Army, reaffirmed that security in Afghanistan is vital to the security of the UK and that 'success is within our grasp'. ............................... [Defence Internet, 12 March]        back to the top

Controversial secret justice plans 'are a charter for cover-ups' says former Army legal chief    Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Mercer, who served as the Army's chief legal adviser in Iraq, said he had 'reeled with horror' at plans for sweeping powers allowing ministers to withhold 'sensitive' information from open civil court cases and inquests. ............................... [Mail, 12 March]        back to the top

British troops could be killed in revenge attacks after Afghan massacre    British troops could be killed in reprisal attacks after an American soldier gunned down 16 villagers in southern Afghanistan, the former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan has said. ............................... [Telegraph, 12 March]        back to the top

A spy at the heart of Nato: How a 'human landmine' planted by the Kremlin penetrated a secret Home Counties HQ    Mingling with staff and fellow students beneath the Gothic vaulting of Chicksands Priory in Bedfordshire, the avuncular Herman Simm was his usual amiable self as he chatted and maybe even flirted a little with the ladies. ............................... [Mail, 12 March]        back to the top

The human rights saboteurs: Clarke and Clegg 'defying the will of Parliament' says expert as he quits body set up to rein in Strasbourg    Nick Clegg and Ken Clarke have instructed government advisers to 'ignore' the will of Parliament to reform human rights law, it was claimed yesterday. The explosive allegation was made by Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky as he resigned in protest from the UK Commission on a Bill of Rights. ............................... [Mail, 12 March]        back to the top

Leading article: Afghanistan - enough is enough    Would Afghanistan be worse off today if British forces had withdrawn from combat roles in 2010, as this newspaper proposed on Remembrance Sunday the year before? ............................... [Independent, 11 March]        back to the top

Our big mistake was to assume we had won, says British ambassador to Afghanistan    Sir William Patey, the British ambassador to Afghanistan, has spoken frankly about what he sees as the errors and failings in the country over the past decade. ............................... [Telegraph, 11 March]        back to the top

'£1 million ransom deal had been struck for British hostage', claims al-Qaeda    The Nigerian gang who abducted Mr McManus, 28, and his Italian engineer colleague Francesco Molinara, 48, had already received part of the cash when Thursday's raid took place, sources close to the kidnappers have alleged. ............................... [Telegraph, 11 March]        back to the top

'Coffins on wheels' - why did MoD get it wrong so often?    British troops are not being equipped with patrol vehicles designed with V-shaped hulls to deflect the blast of roadside bombs, or IEDs, such as that which last week destroyed the Warrior in Helmand. ............................... [Telegraph, 11 March]        back to the top

US soldier detained over shooting Afghan civilians    Soldier is being held at a Nato base and US forces are investigating the shooting in cooperation with Afghan authorities. ............................... [Guardian, 11 March]        back to the top

How spies used Facebook to steal Nato chiefs' details    NATO'S most senior commander was at the centre of a major security alert when a series of his colleagues fell for a fake Facebook account opened in his name - apparently by Chinese spies. ............................... [Telegraph, 11 March]        back to the top

EU rules out military intervention in Syria    Informal talks between EU foreign ministers in Copenhagen ended with a decision to continue placing sanctions on Syria By Peter Stanners European foreign ministers did not discuss military intervention in either Syria or Iran, foreign minister Villy Søvndal told journalists... ............................... [JP News, 10 March]        back to the top

Doomed rescue launched amid fears hostages were about to be killed    The doomed rescue bid of British hostage Chris McManus was urgently launched because the Nigerian terrorists holding him were about to kill him and dump his body in the desert, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. ............................... [Telegraph, 10 March]        back to the top

Syria crisis: Assad issues 'terrorism' vow to Annan    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told visiting UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan that no political dialogue can succeed in his country while "armed terrorist groups" are operating. ............................... [BBC News, 10 March]        back to the top

British soldier jailed for raping university student, 22, in party resort of Ayia Napa    A British soldier has been jailed for four years in Cyprus for raping a British university student in the popular tourist resort of Ayia Napa last summer. ............................... [Mail, 10 March]        back to the top

There were never enough resources committed to the task in Afghanistan    Con Coughlin is quite correct in his assessment of the imminent withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan (Comment, March 2). An "undignified scramble for the exit" was almost inevitable from the time that General Dan McNeill, the former Coalition Forces commander, told the then British ambassador in Kabul, Sherard Cowper-Coles: "To do this properly, Sherard, I need 500,000 men." ............................... [Telegraph, 10 March]        back to the top

Libya rallies denounce Cyrenaica autonomy calls    Thousands of Libyans have rallied in the country's two main cities to denounce moves by leaders in the east to create a semi-autonomous territory. ............................... [BBC News, 10 March]        back to the top

Iran to fire thousands of missiles at enemy bases if attacked - envoy    The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon says his country has the capability "to fire thousands of missiles at enemy bases in case of an attack against the Islamic Republic." ............................... [Pan Armenian Net, 10 March]        back to the top

Syria: The Western Deception Over Regime Change Unravels. NATO Prepares for All Out War    The Western governments' and mainstream media's narrative of a one-sided humanitarian crisis in Syria is rapidly unwinding to reveal a self-serving deception to justify a re-run of Libya-style NATO conquest. In reality, it is the Western powers and their Israeli and Arab henchmen who are fuelling a humanitarian crisis and creating the conditions for all-out war. ............................... [BBC News, 9 March]        back to the top

US Army: Geotagged Facebook posts put soldiers' lives at risk    Soldiers' lives are being put at risk by geotagged photos - marked with a location - on social media sites like Facebook, the US Army has warned. ............................... [Axis of Logic, 9 March]        back to the top

Flashing light treatment helps Iraq nurse Hilary Horton    While serving in Iraq, military nurse Hilary Horton was no stranger to trauma, dealing with soldiers horrifically injured on the front line. ............................... [BBC News, 9 March]        back to the top

The wrong war in the wrong place. Every day we linger there means more lives wasted    The six young men who were patrolling north-east of Lashkar Gah in Afghan's Kandahar province on Tuesday night are likely to have been thinking of many things, but not of their imminent deaths. ............................... [Mail, 9 March]        back to the top

Investigation launched into claims Afghan Air Force used military aircraft to transport drugs and illegal weapons    U.S. officials are investigating claims that the Afghan Air Force has been using aircraft to transport drugs and illegal weapons. Coming after the death on Tuesday of six soldiers in the deadliest attack on British troops in six years, the probe underlined military concerns over the deteriorating situation on the ground in Afghanistan. ............................... [Mail, 9 March]        back to the top

Two years to go... Britain must brace itself for more bloodshed in Afghanistan as killings 'will get worse'    Britain must brace itself for more bloody attacks in Afghanistan before troops are pulled out, a military expert warned last night. Michael Clarke, of the Royal United Services Institute think-tank, said that fighting would increase in ferocity in the run-up to the planned withdrawal. ............................... [Mail, 9 March]        back to the top

Sacrifice in Afghanistan is not in vain, says Sir Richard Dannatt    SIX years into our major operations in Helmand and more than 10 years from the start of our intervention in ­Afghanistan, comes the tragic news of our worst loss of soldiers on the ground. ............................... [Mirror, 9 March]        back to the top

In Afghanistan it's lies that are really killing our soldiers    The phoney oratory of British national security so beloved of Cameron and his generals has lost all contact with reality. ............................... [Guardian, 8 March]        back to the top

Navy submariner accused of leaking military secrets    A royal Navy submariner has been accused of leaking classified information in breach of the Official Secrets Act. Edward Devenney, 29, was arrested by Metropolitan police officers at a base in Plymouth on suspicion of revealing military secrets that could be "deemed useful to an enemy of the state". ............................... [Evening Standard, 8 March]        back to the top

Hawk jet and Merlin helicopter's 'near miss' at RNAS Culdrose    Two military aircraft were involved in a "near miss" at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, according to a report. ............................... [BBC News, 8 March]        back to the top

Afghanistan deaths: Six dead UK soldiers named by MoD    Six British soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan by a Taliban bomb have been named by the Ministry of Defence. ............................... [BBC News, 8 March]        back to the top

Former US soldier accused of trying to join Somali terror group    Craig Benedict Baxam indicted on charges of attempting to provide material support to al-Shabaab. ............................... [Guardian, 8 March]        back to the top

Death toll of British soldiers in Afghanistan passes 400    British mission in Afghanistan will continue despite the loss of six soldiers who were caught in a huge explosion. ............................... [Guardian, 8 March]        back to the top

The right way to leave Afghanistan    It is essential that the Taliban are persuaded to engage in political reconciliation before Afghan forces are given full responsibility for protecting their country. ............................... [Telegraph, 7 March]        back to the top

Libyan leader vows to keep nation together by force    Declaration of autonomy by politicians and tribes in oil-rich eastern region prompts warning from Mustafa Abdul Jalil. ............................... [Guardian, 7 March]        back to the top

Warriors upgraded amid safety fears    A £1 billion upgrade of the Warrior armoured vehicles was announced at the end of last year after concerns were raised about their safety. ............................... [Independent, 7 March]        back to the top

Six UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan explosion    Six UK soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan when their vehicle was hit by an explosion on Tuesday. Five from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment had been on patrol. Their families have been told. ............................... [BBC News, 7 March]        back to the top

'They threatened me with death and raped me': EIGHT female Marines claim gang rape and sex assault at prestigious Washington Marines barracks    In the latest string of shocking sex assault allegations in the military, eight female Marines stationed at one of the country's most prestigious bases filed a lawsuit today claiming U.S. military officers tolerate a 'staggering' level of sexual assaults. ............................... [Mail, 7 March]        back to the top

Syria crisis: Obama rejects US military intervention    President Barack Obama has described the situation in Syria as "heartbreaking" but said that unilateral US military intervention there would be a mistake. ............................... [BBC News, 7 March]        back to the top

James Blunt: Britain's failure to get troops into battle is pitiful    To understand why the troops might be demoralised, just try flying to Afghanistan with the RAF. ............................... [Telegraph, 6 March]        back to the top

Netanyahu: Israel has right to pre-emptive attack on Iran    Taking sharply different stands, President Barack Obama urged pressure and diplomacy to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb while Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasised his nation's right to a pre-emptive attack. ............................... [Independent, 6 March]        back to the top

Libya: Semi-autonomy declared by leaders in east    Civic leaders in eastern Libya have declared semi-autonomy for their oil-rich region at a meeting in Benghazi. ............................... [BBC News, 6 March]        back to the top

NATO: All Targets Struck in Libya Were Military    All targets that NATO hit during the bombing of Libya were legitimate military sites, the alliance said Monday, despite the findings of a U.N. expert panel that said 60 civilians were killed and 55 wounded in the airstrikes it investigated. ............................... [New York Times, 6 March]        back to the top

13 undercover French army officers seized in Syria “ report    Thirteen French officers have been captured by the Syrian Army, according to Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper. It claims it received the information from a pro-Syrian Palestinian in Damascus. According to the source, the officers were taken captive in the city of Homs “ the heart of the internal conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and insurrectionists “ and are being held in a field hospital there. The source claims the French and Syrian governments are locked in negotiations over the fate of the men. ............................... [RT, 6 March]        back to the top

Senior army prison guard 'launched string of sex attacks on staff'    A senior guard at Britain's only military jail launched a string of sex attacks on female warders, a court martial was told yesterday. Sergeant Ronnie Thom, 43, is also said to have used his position of authority to begin a relationship with a female inmate. ............................... [Mail, 6 March]        back to the top

Argentina to open Falklands museum, says Fernandez    Argentina will open a museum to honour its soldiers who died during the Falklands conflict with the UK in 1982, President Cristina Fernandez has said. ............................... [BBC News, 6 March]        back to the top

Barack Obama tells Israel conference: 'too much loose talk of war'    In address to Aipac, president says world has responsibility to discourage Tehran from pursuing nuclear weapon. ............................... [Guardian, 6 March]        back to the top

Human Rights: Australian Muslim women must show faces for identity checks under new law    Anyone wanting a document witnessed in New South Wales must remove face coverings such as burqas or niqabs. ............................... [Guardian, 5 March]        back to the top

Benghazi: even now, the fallen are not safe    Will the desecration of military graves in Libya trigger copycat attacks elsewhere? Gratitude of those we liberated from a "tyrant". ............................... [Telegraph, 5 March]        back to the top

HET publish report on Sam Marshall killing in Lurgan    Nine undercover soldiers were at the scene of a killing claimed by the UVF in Lurgan, a new report has revealed. The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) report centres on an incident where three republicans were ambushed minutes after they left a police station on 7 March 1990. ............................... [BBC News]        back to the top

US to outline legal backing for 'targeted kill' programme    Speech by attorney general to address use of lethal force against Americans overseas who are suspected of plotting terrorist attacks. ............................... [Guardian, 5 March]        back to the top

Aircraft carrier cuts leaves Falklands vulnerable, says commander of 1982 war    The decision to leave Britain without an aircraft carrier to defend the Falklands could allow Argentina to recapture the south Atlantic territory, the commander of land forces in the 1982 conflict has warned. ............................... [Mirror, 5 March]        back to the top

The choice: should the US and Israel bomb Iran?    Today, President Obama and Israel's prime minister are to discuss the most momentous decision they will ever make “ what to do about Iran's nuclear threat. David Blair reports. ............................... [Telegraph, 5 March]        back to the top

Libyan militia says UK journalists are 'spies'    Two British journalists detained in Libya are suspected of spying, the militia that is holding them says. ............................... [BBC News, 4 March]        back to the top

Fury over attack on British war graves in Benghazi    Attacks on the graves of British servicemen in Benghazi, Libya, have been described as "horrific" by Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt. ............................... [BBC News, 4 March]        back to the top

Red Arrows' first female pilot takes ground role    The first woman to fly with the Red Arrows display team is to move to a ground-based role. ............................... [BBC News, 4 March]        back to the top

British war graves in Libya desecrated by Islamist militants    The destruction of a cemetery near Benghazi highlights the limited control Libya's government has over armed groups. ............................... [Guardian, 4 March]        back to the top

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed faces 'trial of century' after Guantánamo 9/11 deal    There is at least one thing upon which Barack Obama and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed agree “ they both want the self-confessed architect of the terror atrocities of Sept 11 2001 to have his day in court. ............................... [Telegraph, 4 march]        back to the top

Syria's desperate rebels flee new northern offensive by Assad's army    Far from bowing to international pressure over the brutal siege of Homs, Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad is extending his military clampdown across the country. ............................... [Telegraph, 3 March]        back to the top

Protests grow as civilian toll of Obama's drone war on terrorism is laid bare    Outcry from innocent victims' families as figures show almost a third of strikes fail to hit targets. ............................... [Independent, 3 March]        back to the top

RAF accused of covering up almost 150 airstrikes on Taliban by unmanned drones    Britain was accused tonight of covering up nearly 60 per cent of airstrikes by controversial drones in Afghanistan. Nearly 150 attacks by RAF unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against Taliban fighters are 'secret and unreported', an investigation has found. ............................... [Mail, 3 March]        back to the top

'Torture' video shows 'Gaddafi's black African mercenaries locked in a zoo cage and force-fed flags by Libyan rebels'    A shocking video that appears to show Libyan rebels torturing a group of sub-Saharan African detainees has appeared on YouTube. The footage shows a dozen or so men - presumably captured mercenaries suspected of fighting for the toppled government of Muammur Gaddafi last year - held in what looks like a caged zoo enclosure. ............................... [Mail, 3 March]        back to the top

A very dirty war: British soldiers shot dead by enemy troops waving the white flag and Argentinian prisoners bayoneted in cold blood. An ex-Para tells of the horrors of the Falklands    In this brutally candid series, ex-Para Tony Banks tells of his emotional journey from battlefield atrocities to forgiveness and redemption. ............................... [Mail, 3 March]        back to the top

Argentinian and British veterans on their Falklands war experiences    Argentinian navy veteran Roberto Herrscher and former Royal Artillery soldier Tony McNally discuss the legacy of one of the UK's most controversial conflicts 30 years on. ............................... [Guardian, 3 March]        back to the top

Robert Fisk: Jailed in Geneva - the colonel who stood up against Mubarak, but refused to spy for the Swiss    His defence of Christian Copts made him a thorn in the side of Egypt's regime. But when he fled, Colonel Ghanem found himself in an equally dangerous game. ............................... [Independent, 3 March]        back to the top

Navy aircraft carrier plans hit by further delays    Britain could be left without an aircraft carrier equipped with fighter jets for the next decade after soaring costs threw Ministry of Defence plans into doubt. ............................... [Telegraph, 2 March]        back to the top

Nato's crisis of trust in Afghanistan    The man blamed for killing two Nato officials inside the Afghan interior ministry at the weekend should never have been given security clearance, the BBC has learned. A catalogue of security blunders led to the shootings and his escape. There are now real concerns for the future of the relationship between Nato and its Afghan security partners, Bilal Sarwary reports from Kabul. ............................... [BBC News, 2 March]        back to the top

The West's undignified scramble for the exit is a gift to the Taliban    We are in danger of making the same costly mistake as the Soviet Union did when it withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989. ............................... [Telegraph, 2 March]        back to the top

US soldiers killed despite Obama Koran apology    Barack Obama has defended his decision to apologise for the burning of copies of the Koran at a US airbase in Afghanistan even as two more American soldiers were killed. ............................... [Telegraph, 2 March]        back to the top

Union fears MoD job cuts after deal    Union leaders raised fears of fresh cuts at the Ministry of Defence tonight after a private company was awarded a lucrative contract including a "strong" incentive to drive down costs. ............................... [Independent, 2 March]        back to the top

We are fighting Islamism from ignorance, as we did the cold war    The west wasted trillions in needless conflict with the USSR. Now we are being brainwashed into confrontation with Iran. ............................... [Guardian, 2 March]        back to the top

Syria rebels leave besieged Baba Amr district of Homs    The Syrian rebel force fighting government troops in the besieged city of Homs says most of its fighters have left the Baba Amr district in a "tactical" withdrawal. ............................... [BBC News, 1 March]        back to the top

Australia army chief vows action over Facebook posts    Australia's army chief says serving military personnel who posted racist and sexist comments on a private Facebook site will face action. ............................... [BBC News, 1 March]        back to the top

'Afghan soldier' shoots dead two Nato troops    Two Nato soldiers were shot dead on Thursday by two Afghans, including a man believed to be a soldier, Nato said, an attack that is likely to raise further questions about the future of the country's security forces. ............................... [Telegraph, 1 March]        back to the top

Missiles fired by the mind are closer than we think: Ethics council warn of 'Star Wars' future for human race    Thinking caps that enhance intelligence and mind-controlled missiles could be a major part of a 'Star Wars' future for the human race, academics claim. They are investigating the ethical dilemmas posed by inventions that interfere with the workings of the brain. ............................... [Mail, 1 March]        back to the top

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