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Marine convicted of Afghan murder appeals to preserve anonymity

Lawyers for a Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan prisoner will tell appeal court judges that he and his family could face possible revenge attacks if he is named.<p>The lord chief justice, Lord Thomas, and two other judges will be asked on Wednesday to allow the man, so far …

Marine A: criminal or casualty?

A witness to the horrors of the Afghan campaign, Chris Terrill explains why the sergeant convicted of murdering a Taliban enemy retains the support of his comrades<p>No Royal Marine I know, and I know many, joined up to kill folk – they simply wanted to become one of the best-trained soldiers in the …

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Royal Marine drill instructor fined for ill-treatment of new recruits

A Royal Marine drill instructor who bullied new recruits, hitting one in the groin with a stick and striking another in the face with his own combat boots because they were dirty, has avoided a custodial sentence or demotion.<p>Corporal Peter Clark, who admitted ill-treating the recruits at the …

The Future of Special Ops

You might think of special operations forces as gunslingers who launch clandestine raids. But the traditional role of spec ops is training soldiers and building nations—skills that will be put to the test as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan. PM rides along with an A-Team as is preps for this …

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Witnesses have described how a helicopter went silent and then "dropped like a stone" on to the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow last night. http://fw.to/s8nfp2R All the latest on the crash here: http://fw.to/eBp9QKe Photo: Rupert Morris/PA Wire

Why The Navy SEAL Raid In Somalia Was Not A 'Failure'

The realization that the Navy SEALs had not gotten their target in Somalia swept through the media like a tsunami in the days following the raid.<p>Largely the headlines or subsequent body text made use of the word "failed" to describe the mission.<p>Yes, the group of SEALs were noticed by a lucky …

The U.S. Navy SEAL Survival Handbook

If all hell breaks loose, having qualified military personnel by your side is a good idea — but short of that, at least you can glean a little …

5 Things To Know About The NSA's Surveillance Activities

It's hard to keep track of all the leaks by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. Much of the material has been published in Britain's <i>Guardian</i>, as well as other publications, including <i>The Washington Post</i>, and have shed light on some of the agency's surveillance …

Officials: U.S. drone kills Pakistani Taliban leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. drone strike Friday killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, in a major blow to the group that came after the government said it had started peace talks with the insurgents, according to intelligence officials and militant commanders.<p>Mehsud, …

Snowden leaks ‘very damaging,’ U.K. spy heads warn

Britain's spy agencies usually shun the limelight and operate in the secret world of espionage where the tricks of their trade are rarely publicized. That changed for 90 minutes on Thursday as the heads of the country's three spy services emerged for the first time to explain what they do and shoot …

Report: The CIA Pays AT&T $10 Million Each Year For Phone Records

The arrangement is voluntary and there is no court order requiring the company to cooperate with the Central Intelligence Agency, officials told the Times.<p>The program differs from controversial data collection by the National Security Agency, which receives phone records or other "meta-data" from …