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By Edward Whishaw | Articles and extracts of news and interest from a soldier's perspective.  See also http://soldiersmuse.wordpress.com.

Army to break with tradition and recruit civilians into senior ranks

Army leaders will be recruited direct from the civilian world rather than rising up through the ranks, under a proposed overhaul to bring in specialist skills for 21st century warfare.<p>The plan to hire straight into the regular Army’s middle and possibly even higher ranks will overturn generations …

War

Mosul: Iraq PM to celebrate victory over IS in the city

<b>Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces for their victory over IS in the city.</b><p>Mr Abadi was in the city to announce its "liberation" and declare "victory", his office said in a statement.<p>Iraqi forces, backed by US-led air strikes, have been battling to retake Mosul …

Islamic State (ISIS)

From motorbike messengers to frontline fighters, today we are marking 100 years of service by #WomenInDefence. https://t.co/091qxEUCn9

Tony Blair 'not straight' with UK over Iraq, says Chilcot

<b>Tony Blair was not "straight with the nation" about his decisions in the run up to the Iraq War, the chairman of the inquiry into the war has told the BBC.</b><p>Speaking for the first time since publishing his report a year ago, Sir John Chilcot discussed why he thinks the former PM made those …

Brexit

Sweden and Finland join UK-led response force

Sweden and Finland have joined a UK-led high-readiness force tasked with tackling threats and responding to crises around the world.<p>Defence Secretary …

War

What is Operation Temperer: Theresa May becomes first PM to deploy up to 5,000 soldiers on streets

Theresa May’s unprecedented decision to deploy up to 5,000 armed troops at key strategic sites makes her the first Prime Minister to use a new plan for a show of force in the face of major terrorist threats.<p>It puts her at odds with her predecessor David Cameron who was reluctant to use the …

Terrorism

News story: 1,500 British troops exercising with NATO allies in Europe

The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has today visited some of the 1,500 British personnel currently exercising across five countries in Europe, …

War

Iran shootings: Parliament and Khomeini shrine attacked

<b>Armed men have opened fire at the Iranian parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini in the capital, Tehran, Iranian media report.</b><p>At least one gunman fired shots inside parliament, wounding a guard, news agencies said. There are conflicting reports of other people hurt.<p>An attack at the …

Defence in the media: Sunday 28 May 2017 | Defence in the media

Today’s defence news focuses on military support provided to the police through Operation Temperer.<p><b>Operation Temperer</b><p>Many papers report on Operation …

BBC News

Manchester Evening News journalist tweets...<p>A number of people living in Manchester are offering accommodation to those who have been stranded in the city, using the hashtag #RoomForManchester on Twitter.<p>Concert-goer Josh Elliott, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, described what happened inside the …

Manchester attack: UK terror threat level raised to critical

<b>The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said.</b><p>The move came after investigators were unable to rule out whether Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone, the prime minister said.<p>Military …

Deaths confirmed after Manchester Arena blast reports

<b>Police have confirmed a "number of fatalities" following reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena.</b><p>Witnesses reported hearing a "huge bang" following an Ariana Grande gig at Manchester Arena.<p>Network Rail said train lines out of Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, …

Four men arrested in east London over 'UK-linked terror plot'

A significant Islamist terror plot to cause a deadly attack in Britain has been broken up after four men were arrested in east London, counter terrorism officials believe.<p>Police raided six properties on Wednesday disrupted the alleged plot at an early stage of planning.<p>The unnamed men aged in their …

Terrorism

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UK asked to send more troops to Afghanistan

<b>Nato has asked Britain to consider sending more troops to Afghanistan, the BBC understands.</b><p>Currently there are about 500 British troops in the country, providing security in Kabul and training at the Afghan Officer Academy.<p>The BBC understands the request was made within the last few weeks.<p>Nato's …

Westminster operation: Man charged with preparing terrorist acts

<b>A man arrested near Downing Street last month has been charged with preparing terrorist acts, Scotland Yard says.</b><p>Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, 27, from north London, was also charged with two counts of making or having explosives.<p>Those two charges, under the Explosive Substances Act, relate to alleged …

'It feels like Groundhog Day': US Marines return to Helmand province

With the Taliban resurgent and the security situation deteriorating, elite US forces have been redeployed in southern Afghanistan<p>When thousands of US Marines flooded into Helmand eight years ago, they demonstrated Barack Obama’s resolve to quash the Taliban once and for all and leave a peaceful …

Afghanistan

UK troops deploy to South Sudan to support peacekeeping mission

Touching down in country today, an additional 35 UK military personnel will join the current UK presence providing support to the UN Mission in South …

Armed Forces community open their doors to MSPs to show what life is like on the frontline

The Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, said:<p>“The new Armed Forces Parliamentary Visit Programme will help MSPs gain a better …

BBC - Minds Matter: #1in4#1in4

One in four of us will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a year – so most of us will either have experienced it ourselves or know at least one person affected by it.<p>#1in4 is about breaking through the stigma associated with mental illness and making it easier to talk …

Eight things you may not know about the Battle of Passchendaele

2017 will see the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele with events taking place in Belgium in July. The battle which was also known as The Third …

Military History

PM: It’s a tremendous honour to be part of the Sovereign’s Parade with the very fine young men and women who graduated as officer cadets. https://t.co/C5brtYJ97e

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Defence in the media: 24 March 2017 | Defence in the media

While media has continued to be dominated by the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday, there was widespread coverage of news that the Taliban …

Brandenburg gate and other landmarks around the world lit up with Union Flag in solidarity with London

Cities around the world have lit up their landmarks in the colours of the Union Flag, in solidarity with London following the terrorist attack.<p>The Brandenburg gate in Berlin is the latest landmark to be lit up with the Union Flag.<p>On Thursday afternoon the gate was illuminated and the spectacular …

London

News story: Defence Secretary pays tribute to Sikh community

The Defence Secretary joined members of the British Sikh Association at a special Vaisakhi dinner at the Lancaster Hotel in London, where they put …

War

News story: Defence Secretary announces world class innovation panel

Defence Innovation Advisory PanelAddressing engineering students, academics and apprentices, Sir Michael Fallon announced three members of the new …

Innovation