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  • SAS sniper racks up 100th ISIS kill during battle for Mosul

    12/04/2016 7:22:30 AM PST · by kevcol · 58 replies
    Express-UK ^ | December 4, 2016 | Tom Batchelor
    AN SAS sniper has picked off his 100th Islamic State militant during fighting for the Iraqi city of Mosul. The impressive tally makes him one of the most successful snipers in the British armed forces. His latest kill is said to be a “high valued target” in the terror group, which has put up fierce resistance as the US-backed coalition attempts to recapture Iraq’s second city from the extremists. . . . Taking his position outside a compound that was once a base for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the sharpshooter needed just a single bullet to punch through the...
  • Cut-off. Surrounded. Outnumbered. Just 88 British soldiers resigned to defeat after fighting off 500

    08/06/2016 2:59:12 PM PDT · by GilGil · 113 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/6/2016 | Nigel Blundell
    Outgunned, outmanoeuvred, hopelessly outnumbered and besieged in the Afghan desert, a small band of British soldiers chose to save a final bullet for themselves rather than fall into Taliban hands. For nearly two months, the 88 men of Easy Company – a mix of Paratroopers and the Royal Irish – had faced the overwhelming force and firepower of up to 500 Taliban determined to over-run the remote Helmand outpost of Musa Qala.
  • UK soldier becomes first transgender gay Muslim woman – why people are still talking about it

    05/21/2016 8:41:27 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 44 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 21, 2016 | By Tom Tillison
    If there’s a high bar for which social justice warriors strive, surely it was set by Britain’s first transgender gay Muslim woman. Amid the ongoing bathroom wars in America, conservative blogger Brandon Morse took to social media to call attention to Lucy Vallender, who he said “has the gold in the oppression [O]lympics.” Vallender, formerly known as Laurens before “he” became true to “herself,” is a former British soldier who had a sex operation in 2010 to switch out his male parts for female parts. Vallender would later convert to Islam, saying it’s a “peaceful” religion and take things even...
  • Leading The Charge: Twice As Many Horses As Tanks In British Army

    07/17/2015 5:14:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies ^ | 2015-07-13
    Amid ongoing changes to the British Army under the banner of austerity, the bemusing statistic of four legged firepower outweighing the heavy metal variety persists. Recently, the Conservative Defence Minister Lord Astor admitted: “The Army currently has 485 horses, serving in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the Household Division and at the Defence Animal Centre." The last time horses were used in a combat role by the British Army was World War I, when a million were sent to the frontline and only about 62,000 survived. During World War II, General Orde Wingate and...
  • Man Found Dead in Downtown Miami Was Scottish Soldier

    03/30/2015 4:40:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/31 | Cherine Akbari and Brian Hamacher
    Police are investigating after a man was found dead near a busy Miami intersection early Sunday morning. Oscar Aguilera first found the man's body on a sidewalk at Biscayne Boulevard and 81st Street around 7 a.m. "I saw him not moving and puddle of blood," Aguilera said. "I went and checked and saw when his eyes were wide open." The victim was later identified as 22-year-old Shaun Cole, a Scottish soldier who was in town with friends for the Ultra Music Festival. Cole served in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1SCOTS) and had served in Afghanistan and...
  • So young, so brave and still in their teens... Faces of the heroes who never saw 20

    10/26/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 10 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 23:09 GMT, 26 October 2014 | | By Larisa Brown, Daily Mail Defence Reporter In Camp Bastion, Afghanistan and John Stevens for the D
    They served their country with honour and courage – and 453 paid the ultimate price. But, after 13 years of bloodshed, there will be no memorial in Afghanistan to mark the troops’ sacrifice. The lives of the young Britons killed fighting the Taliban had been commemorated on memorial walls in Camp Bastion, but as the UK’s campaign in the country ended yesterday, it was confirmed they had been dismantled. A source said: ‘There is no memorial left in Afghanistan.’ The Army insisted the decision was not because of fears the memorials would be defaced or destroyed. But top-ranking soldiers and...
  • Britain Considers Joining U.S. Iraqi Airstrikes

    08/09/2014 5:17:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-9-2014 | Nick Hallett
    British military chiefs are drawing up plans to help American airstrikes in Iraq, the Times reports. Senior figures are considering sending a spy plane to provide intelligence on ISIS positions, while Royal Air Force aircraft capable of refuelling U.S. fighter jets in mid-air will also be sent. The UK government, which has welcomed American intervention in the fight against ISIS, has also not ruled out conducting its own airstrikes if the humanitarian situation worsens. MPs are also discussing the possibility of using British special forces, who have long experience in the Kurdish region, to offer help in pinpointing targets. Former...
  • Five British troops killed in UK's worst helicopter crash in Afghanistan

    Five British troops, including personnel from Prince Harry’s former Army unit, have been killed in the UK’s worst helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The tragedy happened when the Lynx helicopter, believed to be on a reconnaissance mission, came down in a mountainous Taliban stronghold close to the Pakistan border. The Ministry of Defence said last night that it had completed a provisional identification of those who died. There was speculation last night that some of those on board may have been special forces. It is the first time British helicopter crew have been killed in more than a decade of flying...
  • UK Soldier Converts to Islam, Gets Surgery, Becomes First Transgender Gay Muslim Woman

    I don’t think there’s a more apt metaphor for what the UK is doing to itself with Islam than the story of Mr. Laurens Vallender. A former trained soldier swapped his Territorial Army beret for a veil and became Britain’s first transgender Muslim woman. Laurens Vallender now calls himself Lucy and says he is finally ‘true to herself’ after a sex change three years ago. He is now married to a Muslim man he met on an online dating site, but he did not know he was once a man when they wed. I just bet. Look at that face....
  • David Cameron loses Syria vote in Commons

    08/29/2013 2:39:52 PM PDT · by Zajko · 121 replies
    BBC ^ | 29.08.13 | BBC
    British MPs have voted against possible military action against Syria to deter the use of chemical weapons. David Cameron said it was clear the British Parliament does not want action and "I will act accordingly". The government motion was defeated 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.
  • Hundreds of British soldiers to deploy to Libya 'within months' to train army ...

    07/02/2013 9:20:27 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 01:28 EST, 2 July 2013 | Ian Drury
    Hundreds of British troops are being prepared to deploy to North Africa to tackle al Qaeda-inspired extremists. Under secret plans being drawn up urgently by top brass, UK soldiers would be sent ‘within months’ to the region to help train the Libyan army. Political and military chiefs have acted amid mounting fears that Libya is rapidly becoming a safe haven for Islamist fanatics after Coloner Gadaffi was toppled in October 2011. But critics have raised concerns that Britain could suffer ‘mission creep’ and be sucked into another bloody war just as fighting in Afghanistan - which has cost 444 UK...
  • Allowing British soldiers to sue could put troops at even greater risk

    06/24/2013 6:23:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:37PM BST 20 Jun 2013 | Dominic Raab
    Far from protecting British troops, this week’s novel ruling by the Supreme Court—stretching the Human Rights Act (HRA) to allow soldiers to sue the Government over decisions on equipment, training and operations—will endanger our forces and undermine democratic accountability. The claims followed casualties in Iraq after a “friendly fire” incident between two Challenger tanks, and when a Snatch Land Rover patrol hit roadside bombs. The Ministry of Defense was accused of negligence in equipping the tanks and jeeps, training the servicemen and operational decision-making. In an unprecedented judgment, the court abandoned the bar to negligence claims against the MoD in...
  • British troops told not to wear uniforms outside bases after yesterday’s attack in London

    05/23/2013 11:25:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 23, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Hard to imagine a more demoralizing order for a soldier than to tell him to take off the uniform and hide after an enemy’s attack. And the powers that be know it: They’re stressing that the order’s temporary in order to blunt public indignation over their decision. The twisted punchline here is that the victim yesterday wasn’t wearing a uniform. The two degenerates who murdered him apparently targeted him because they saw him entering or exiting a barracks. There’s the next move, presumably — evacuate the barracks nationwide until they’re safe. For soldiers. Defence sources said the order had been...
  • Woolwich attack: troops advised not to wear uniform outside bases

    05/23/2013 6:31:08 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 75 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 23 May 2013 | Ben Farmer
    Commanders have advised troops not to wear uniform travelling to and from work or outside bases following the brutal killing of a member of the military close to Woolwich barracks. Defence sources said the order had been given that uniform should not be worn by those travelling alone, or on public transport as a "common sense precaution" immediately after the killing.
  • 'Soldier beheaded' in Woolwich machete attack: latest

    05/22/2013 10:40:15 AM PDT · by IDRATHERNOT · 196 replies
    British soldier beheaded in London street by 2 assailants shouting "Allah Akbar".
  • Woolwich: 'Soldier Dead After Terror Attack'

    05/22/2013 10:41:45 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 103 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6:31pm UK, Wednesday 22 May 2013 | sky news
    A man reported to be a serving soldier is dead and two people have been shot in Woolwich, south east London, after what Sky sources understand is being treated as a terrorist attack. Downing Street has called a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee after the incident in John Wilson Street, which David Cameron described as "truly shocking". Sky sources understand that senior police officers believe the killing was likely to be a politically-motivated Islamist terrorist attack. Dozens of weapons - including a number of knives - and pools of blood could be seen on the ground, where a...
  • UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

    03/26/2013 2:14:41 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 2 replies
    A soldier from the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced. The soldier was serving in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province when he was injured in an attack by insurgents on Monday. In a statement the MoD said he had been flown to hospital for treatment "where, sadly, he succumbed to his wounds".
  • British troops will go to Mali – confirmed

    Hundreds of British troops will be deployed to Mali and West Africa, Number 10 has now confirmed. According to reports, approximately 350 personnel will be deployed. 200 British soldiers are expected to train soldiers in African countries outside of Mali, whilst 40 advisers are to be sent into the country to train troops. The UK would be "contributing to both Malian training and training forces that are involved in providing a regionally-led approach", a Number 10 spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC. 70 Royal Air Force personnel are also to be used for the operation of Sentinel surveillance...
  • Argentine destroyer that led war against Britain sinks, a symbol of decay for once-proud navy

    01/25/2013 1:00:39 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2013
    <p>Argentina’s defense chief expressed shame Wednesday after a Navy destroyer sank at its moorings, putting on display the declining fortunes of a once-proud fleet.</p> <p>The ARA Trinidad led Argentina’s 1982 sea war against Britain, but has long been mothballed and used for spare parts to sustain what’s left of Argentina’s Navy.</p>
  • Prince Harry 'unlikely' to see front line action again

    01/24/2013 8:12:02 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | Gordon Rayner
    The Prince, 28, has made it clear in interviews that he would love to get the chance of a third tour of duty, but his Apache squadron is not due to return before the scheduled pull-out of combat troops at the end of 2014. It is almost inconceivable that the Prince would be allowed to return as a foot soldier, his preferred option, meaning that unless the Nato withdrawal deadline overruns, he will not be going back to Helmand. The Prince is currently enjoying a month-long break from his Army duties following the end of his 20-week posting to Camp...
  • Why Irish soldiers who fought Hitler hide their medals

    12/28/2011 5:32:30 AM PST · by the scotsman · 108 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 28th December 2011 | John Waite
    'Five thousand Irish soldiers who swapped uniforms to fight for the British against Hitler went on to suffer years of persecution. One of them, 92-year-old Phil Farrington, took part in the D-Day landings and helped liberate the German death camp at Bergen-Belsen - but he wears his medals in secret. Even to this day, he has nightmares that he will be arrested by the authorities and imprisoned for his wartime service. "They would come and get me, yes they would," he said in a frail voice at his home in the docks area of Dublin. And his 25-year-old grandson, Patrick,...
  • Soldier allegedly cut fingers off dead Taliban

    08/08/2011 10:17:22 AM PDT · by MadMitch · 26 replies
    bbc ^ | 8/8/2011 | bbc
    The Ministry of Defence is investigating claims that a soldier sliced fingers off dead Taliban fighters to keep as souvenirs.
  • Who's In Charge?

    03/22/2011 3:18:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies ^ | March 22,2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A war of words has erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination. U.K. government officials said killing the Libyan leader would be legal if it prevented civilian deaths as laid out in a U.N. resolution. But U.S. defence secretary Robert Gates hit back at the suggestion, saying it would be 'unwise' to target the Libyan leader and that the bombing campaign should stick to the 'U.N. mandate'. The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the...
  • Prince Harry to learn how to fight in Apache helicopter

    03/13/2011 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 50 replies
    The royal is off to a secret US experimental combat weapons base where he will learn how to hunt the Taliban in his attack helicopter. The 26-year-old has been selected for special training at the American Army's Yuma proving ground in Arizona, where he will be taught how to use the gunship's awesome firepower.
  • UK Defense Review - Harriers Out, Tornado Survives?

    10/18/2010 4:12:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Aviation Week ^ | 10/18/2010 | Bill Sweetman
    UK Defense Review - Harriers Out, Tornado Survives? Posted by Bill Sweetman at 10/18/2010 1:00 AM CDT UK Prime Minister David Cameron is due to announce the results of the nation's strategic defense and security review on Tuesday afternoon. After performing twists and gyrations that would have put Strictly Come Dancing's Flexible Felicity to shame, much of the media had settled last week on a common narrative. Either it's right or the Ministry of Defence's department of obfuscation will pull down the OBEs and MBEs big-time in the next honours list. If the speculation and leaks are correct, these are...
  • A fighter falls prey to politics (British Harrier)

    10/23/2010 6:18:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 23 Oct 2010 | Con Coughlin
    A fighter falls prey to politics The Coalition is to scrap the Harrier jump jet, while sparing the less effective Tornado. Little wonder the pilots are up in arms, says Con Coughlin. By Con Coughlin They have dedicated their careers to flying one of the world’s most iconic jet fighters. They have flown hundreds of combat missions in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq and Afghanistan again. But from now on the elite group of pilots that flew the Harrier jump jet find themselves kicking their heels on the tarmac with no planes to fly. Of all the painful decisions announced...
  • Mother's message in a bottle to son killed in Afghanistan

    08/06/2010 4:57:16 AM PDT · by mware · 23 replies
    Mail On Line ^ | Last updated at 9:41 AM on 6th August 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A message in a bottle written by the mother of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan has been found by workers cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Sarah Adams, 43, was on holiday in Barbados when she wrote the loving message about her son Private James Prosser, 21, who was killed by a roadside bomb. She threw it into the sea and after floating 1,300 miles it was fished out of the water by workers cleaning up the oil leak from the BP pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. The workers were so moved by Mrs Adams' message...
  • Obama Orders US Troops to March in Red Square

    03/27/2010 5:32:29 PM PDT · by blueyon · 116 replies · 2,934+ views
    pcfreezone ^ | theodores world
    Last week the British Embassy announced that British, French and American troops would march with Russian soldiers on Red Square to mark the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. The Brits said in a statement that the parade may mark the first time British troops have marched in Red Square. The AP helpfully explains that Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday. It adds that the Kremlin plans a larger parade than usual this year, with good reason. The Kremlin will be celebrating the addition of the British, French and American troops.
  • Prince Charles follows Harry's footsteps and becomes most senior royal to visit British troops

    03/25/2010 5:05:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies · 518+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 25th March 2010
    It was an experience his youngest son has already been through. But yesterday the Prince of Wales was able to witness for himself the badlands of Afghanistan. Pictures of Charles donning full combat gear while inspecting a machine gun at a British camp bore a striking resemblance to those taken of Prince Harry in similar poses two years earlier. The key difference was that for Harry it was all for real. Charles was paying an unprecedented and surprise fact-finding visit to the UK's frontline troops. It is a trip the prince, the Commander in Chief of ten regiments, had wanted...
  • British helicopter pilot shot between the eyes but keeps flying to save 20 soldiers

    <p>The Sun reports that Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune, 28, had flown in to pick up casualties as a firefight raged between American and Afghan forces and heavily-armed rebels near Garmsir in Helmand Province.</p> <p>Flt-Lt Fortune - who had TV presenter Mike Brewer on the aircraft filming a documentary - was advised to hold off on approach to the battle as it was "too hot" on the ground. He circled until troops reported incoming fire had calmed down.</p>
  • UK troops in Afghanistan 'for five years'

    02/27/2010 12:07:22 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 138+ views
    Times Online ^ | Februari 27 2010 | Robin Henry
    British troops will remain in Afghanistan for the next five years, according to the head of the Army. General Sir David Richard expects combat in the country to “trail off in 2011” but said the military would stay to provide training and support for Afghan troops. His comments come as Operation Moshtarak, a major joint offensive against Taliban strongholds, appears to be drawing to an end.
  • Brits battle the Taliban near Marja (amazing video)

    02/18/2010 12:32:33 AM PST · by ksm1 · 12 replies · 881+ views
    See video at link.
  • Sir Jock Stirrup says UK troops 'must win Afghan trust'

    02/15/2010 4:40:55 AM PST · by decimon · 14 replies · 389+ views
    BBC ^ | Jan 15, 2010 | Unknown
    The head of the UK's armed forces, Sir Jock Stirrup, has said the killing of 12 civilians during Operation Moshtarak in Afghanistan was a "serious setback".No British troops were involved when two rockets fired by coalition forces missed its target in Marjah. Sir Jock said the British had to focus on regaining the trust of the Afghan population but accidents were "inevitable". Up to 15,000 Nato troops are searching for the Taliban in Marjah and Nad Ali.
  • The SAS's secret war: The book the MoD doesn't want you to read . . . .

    02/14/2010 1:51:09 PM PST · by the scotsman · 22 replies · 1,945+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 14th February 2010 | Tony Rendell
    'The secret role of the SAS in Iraq is revealed for the first time today by the Daily Mail. As the first part of our adaptation of an explosive new book by BBC reporter Mark Urban shows, the SAS - sent to find non-existent WMDs - instead took inspiration from U.S. secret forces and set about tracking down Al Qaeda. Their secret war sparked a furious row between Whitehall and the SAS's commander - but their extraordinary bravery and daring resulted in the capture or death of almost 4,000 terrorists.'
  • WAR UPDATE: Afghan and Allied Forces Begin to Secure Taliban Stronghold (New developments)

    02/13/2010 11:48:45 AM PST · by ksm1 · 85 replies · 3,829+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2010, 2:29 P.M. ET | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS in Marjah, Afghanistan and MATTHEW ROSENBERG in Kabul
    MARJAH, Afghanistan -- U.S., Afghan and British troops were in the early stages of securing the town of Marjah Saturday, with thousands of infantrymen moving in on foot after helicopter-born soldiers seized two central shopping bazaars. The airborne troops landed before dawn, opening the first major military push in the latest surge of U.S. and allied forces into Afghanistan. So far, the troops have encountered only hit-and-run resistance from Taliban fighters, who have been taking potshots from compounds before moving out as the allied troops returned fire. Afghan officials said five Taliban had been killed; there was no word on...
  • Offensive against Taliban starts (Biggest helicopter assault in British military history)

    02/13/2010 1:32:47 AM PST · by Stoat · 12 replies · 836+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | February 13, 2010 | DUNCAN LARCOMBE, Defence Editor, in Nad-e-Ali, Afghanistan
    Offensive Against Taliban Starts Assault ... helicopters fly troops in to start the offensive against the Taliban Andy Bush  A FORCE of more than 15,000 Allied troops stormed into Taliban strongholds early today as commanders heralded "the beginning of the end for the insurgency". Under cover of darkness, an awesome array of troops dropped into the badlands of the Helmand valley.A first wave of 1,200 British troops - out of a total of 4,000 in the operation - were involved as the mission started.Our Boys took off from Camp Bastion in a fleet of helicopters as Operation Moshtarak got underway...
  • British Pilots Train On Upgraded B-2s

    02/08/2010 4:34:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 541+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 01/08/2010 | Angus Batey
    It is among the U.S. Air Force’s most finite resources, but the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is still growing in capabilities, and it’s an aircraft America is happy to allow an ally to use. A long-standing exchange program that has seen USAF personnel trade places with those from the Royal Air Force was extended to the B-2 in 2004. The offer to open up the secretive B-2 mission to a key ally was made by then-President George W. Bush in an e-mail to then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. Among the achievements of the first British pilot, Sqn. Ldr. David Arthurton, was...
  • First U.K. Service Pilot Flies the Lockheed Martin F-35

    01/29/2010 10:54:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 641+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 1/29/2010 | Yahoo Finance
    Royal Air Force officer on Tuesday became the first active-duty service pilot from the United Kingdom to take to the skies in a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). RAF Squadron Leader Steve Long piloted BF-2, the second short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B, over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., logging the aircraft's 18th mission.  Long departed at 9:55 a.m. EST and flew the aircraft to 20,000 feet, before landing 1.3 hours later. Both the RAF and the Royal Navy plan to operate the F-35B. "Flying the F-35 was exactly like the...
  • British troops get U.S. rifles to tackle the Taliban.

    01/16/2010 4:29:20 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 76 replies · 2,515+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 16th January 2010 | Mail On Sunday Reporter
    British soldiers are to be given a powerful new U.S.-made rifle to take on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence has spent £1.5million on 440 Sharpshooter semi-automatic rifles, which use 7.62mm ammunition that can kill at up to 900yards. The order follows concern that the Army's standard issue SA80 A2 assault rifle, which fires smaller 5.56mm bullets, is less effective because its 'kill' range is limited to around 300yards.
  • Face of Defense: Former British Soldier Joins U.S. Army

    01/14/2010 4:00:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 806+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Sgt. Teddy Wade, USA
    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 14, 2010 – Army Spc. Robert Sumner looks like any other American soldier. But when he speaks, his thick British accent separates him from the crowd. Army Spc. Robert Sumner, a native of Birmingham, England, and a British army veteran, now serves with the U.S. Army at Forward Operation Base Joyce in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Teddy Wade, 55th Signal Company   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Serving here with the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Sumner realizes his road from the British Isles to the mountains...
  • Blasts kill 4 US, one UK soldiers in Afghanistan

    01/04/2010 2:32:21 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies · 405+ views
    Press tv ^ | 4 Jan 2010 | anon
    Four American soldiers and one British soldier have been killed in two separate explosions in southern Afghanistan. The dead soldiers, who were serving under NATO's International Security Assistance Force, were killed on Sunday, NATO said in a statement Monday. The US soldiers died following an improvised explosive device strike, the statement said without giving more details. Meanwhile, a British soldier was killed in another roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, according to British forces. The British soldier, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, died after the blast hit a foot patrol in Helmand province. Regarding US casualties in Afghanistan,...
  • Get me back to the battle says hero soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan blast

    01/01/2010 3:01:19 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 466+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1st January 2010 | Liz Hull and Neil Sears
    A Taliban bomb claimed both his legs, but it couldn’t take away Sapper Gregg Stevenson’s courage. The 24-year-old stunned doctors by learning to walk on artificial limbs within two weeks. In February the 6ft 4in former rugby player will return to duty, ten months after the attack. And yesterday he insisted that his next goal is to go back to Afghanistan when his comrades from the 24 Commando Engineer Regiment return later in the year. His inspiring story emerged as it was confirmed that a sixth Army bomb disposal expert has been killed while trying to defuse IEDs (improvised explosive...
  • U.S. troops testing British-style camo

    12/28/2009 4:02:06 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies · 2,007+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 28, 2009 | Seth Robson
    GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — British and American soldiers soon could be hard to tell apart if the U.S. Army adopts a camouflage pattern similar to one that the British have already picked out to conceal their troops in Afghanistan. U.S. soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment in eastern Afghanistan are wearing new uniforms featuring the "MultiCam" camouflage pattern as part of a trial conducted by the Army to determine the best way to help troops blend in with their environment. Last week the British Ministry of Defence announced that its troops would soon start wearing a new uniform with a...
  • Family learns soldier died a hero in 1944.

    12/12/2009 7:11:21 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 12 replies · 782+ views
    UPI ^ | Dec. 12, 2009 | UPI
    The family of a British soldier has learned 65 years after his death in World War II that he sacrificed himself to save 20 French children. The town of Annezin, France, plans to name a road after Robert Key, the Coventry Telegraph reported. While a British investigation ruled Key died showing off with a grenade, relatives now know he had always been regarded as a hero in Annezin.
  • Marines Start Operation in Helmand Province

    12/04/2009 3:02:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 357+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2009 – More than 1,000 International Security Assistance Force troops are partnering with Afghan forces to begin a large-scale operation in northern Helmand province. About 900 U.S. Marines and sailors and British forces began partnering today with 150 Afghan soldiers and police to start Operation Khareh Cobra, or Cobra’s Anger, to clear insurgent forces in the Now Zad valley. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7 and 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion are partnered with Afghan army and police. The forces began helicopter and ground operations in the Now Zad valley early this morning. Now...
  • Lieutenant Paddy Rice 'luckiest soldier in Afghanistan' after Taliban sniper shooting

    11/22/2009 8:15:02 PM PST · by Flavius · 7 replies · 814+ views
    telegraph ^ | 22 Nov 2009 | By Sean Rayment
    British Army officer, Lieutenant Paddy Rice, has been described as "the luckiest soldier in Afghanistan" after surviving being shot by a Taliban sniper. video at link
  • British troop levels in Germany may be cut, say Tories

    11/21/2009 9:49:41 AM PST · by darkside321 · 17 replies · 701+ views
    UK troops could be withdrawn from Germany if the Tories win power, the shadow defence secretary has said. Liam Fox said maintaining the current presence of more than 20,000 was "no longer necessary". Other Nato member states should take up the UK's responsibilities in Germany, allowing British troops to deploy elsewhere, he told the Daily Telegraph. The Ministry of Defence says the number of forces personnel in Germany has fallen and is under constant review. "Following the Cold War, we've drawn down our troops in Germany to reflect the changed strategic context. The UK always looks to share responsibility proportionally...
  • Queen leads Remembrance Day ceremony as Britain stops to remember the 200 soldiers killed...

    11/08/2009 4:19:45 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies · 530+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8th November 2009
    The Queen today lead the annual ceremony for Britain's war dead in the first Remembrance Sunday not attended by any veterans of World War I. As Big Ben chimed 11am, the queen joined thousands of troops, veterans and civilians in the traditional two-minute silence. The silence was broken by a single artillery blast and the sound of the Royal Marine buglers playing the 'Last Post'. Each year, thousands of poppies are placed in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey to remember all those killed by the war. This year the field also has plots dedicated to those killed in...
  • My son had to live like a peasant in Guards barracks, says furious mother of hero...

    11/07/2009 6:33:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 738+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8th November 2009 | Christopher Leake and Helen Dowd
    The grieving mother of a heroic Sergeant-Major gunned down by a rogue Afghan policeman has accused Labour of treating British troops like 'peasants'. Heartbroken Elizabeth Chant, whose son Darren was killed last week, is calling on the Government to invest in better accommodation. Warrant Officer Class 1 'Daz' Chant, 40, of 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, was one of five off-duty British soldiers shot dead last Tuesday by a man dressed in an Afghan police uniform who opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle at a police station in southern Afghanistan. Mrs Chant, 59, said: 'Every day now we are hearing...
  • Soldier Becomes New Miss England

    11/06/2009 5:23:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 1,522+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | November 06th, 2009
    Soldier Becomes New Miss England [Pic in URL] Lance Corporal Katrina Hodge has become the new Miss England after Rachel Christie stepped down following her arrest over an alleged nightclub brawl. 06 Nov 2009 Katrina Hodge, centre, is now Miss England after Rachel Christie, right, lost her crown after being involved in a brawl with Miss Manchester Sara Beverley Jones, left, in a nightclub. A statement from Miss England organisers said Miss Christie, 21, had stepped down as she wanted to concentrate on clearing her name. It was later announced that L/Cpl Hodge, who was first runner-up in the 2009...