By Ian Drury | The Daily Mail/UK | 01 Mar 2014
Thousands of British servicemen and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are abusing alcohol to block out the horrors of war.
An authoritative study has found that as many as 33,000 members of the Armed Forces - around one in five - are drinking harmful levels of alcohol.
Troops who are deployed in direct combat on the battlefield had a higher risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with seven per cent reporting problems compared with four per cent among all regulars.
Source : Reuters | 15 Oct 2012
Britain plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan next year, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said yesterday, as pressure mounts to end British involvement in the costly and unpopular war.
More than 430 British troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led intervention in 2001, yet stability remains elusive and violence high, while relations between Western troops and Afghan forces and civilians are increasingly frayed.
By Richard Norton-Taylor | The Guardian/UK | 11 Apr 2012
Tony Blair, who was prime minister when MI6 rendered Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a prominent Libyan dissident, to the Gaddafi regime in 2004, says he has "no recollection" of the incident.
But he says he was sure the operation would be investigated "as it should be". Interviewed for BBC Radio 4's World at One programme, Blair said it should be remembered that "people in the Middle East were also trying to fight terrorism and extremism", and that Britain's co-operation with Libya at the time was important.
By Agencies | London/Kabul | 29 Jan 2012
British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed on Saturday that he was sticking to an end-2014 deadline for withdrawing British combat troops from Afghanistan.
“We ... want to have a long-term relationship with Afghanistan, long after our combat troops come home, and that will happen at the end of 2014,” Cameron said during a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the prime minister’s country residence Chequers outside London.
Two British soldiers have been arrested for “inappropriate behavior” in Afghanistan, the British Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday after a newspaper report of child abuse.
Quoting defense sources, Britain’s Sun newspaper reported that the pair had abused two Afghan children aged “about ten,” and made recordings of their behavior.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a statement that the government in Kabul was “deeply disturbed” by reports of abuse, and said their alleged behavior was “immoral.”