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Errors led to grounding of HMS Astute submarine near Skye

A SERIES of errors contributed to the grounding of the HMS Astute near Skye, a report said today.

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Prime Minister’s Questions: David Cameron attacks Argentina over shipping ban

PRIME Minister David Cameron has accused Argentina of “colonialism”, after the South American country warned it would ban ships sailing under the Falkland Islands flag from docking at their ports.

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Analysis: Why so many when terrorist threats remain just the same

RESTRUCTURING – or rather cuts to the MoD police – had been expected under the government’s austerity measures.

Soldier tortured and executed by Taleban

A YOUNG Scottish soldier was executed by the Taliban in Afghanistan after leaving his checkpoint to search for some missing kit, an inquest has heard.

Legal win may pave way for public inquiry into British Army ‘torture’

MORE than 100 Iraqi civilians have won a landmark Court of Appeal battle in their bid for a fresh public inquiry into allegations of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment made against British soldiers and interrogators.

About A Boy: An an Afghan youth and a journalist’s shared journey amidst the horrors of bitter conflict

From Helmand to the Home Counties, that’s the journey made by an Afghan teen after a rocket attack killed his brother and blinded him. Our correspondent Jerome Starkey has also come a long way – he’s become Najib’s guardian

MoD denies thousands more army jobs to go

THE Ministry of Defence has denied claims thousands of injured army personnel could lose their jobs after a report suggested the rate of redundancies could double in the next four years.

1,000 troops head for Scots base

ALMOST 1,000 troops are to be moved to the former RAF base at Kinloss next summer, two years earlier than expected, the Ministry of defence will announce today.

Arise, Royal Wootton Bassett

The Princess Royal has paid tribute to Royal Wootton Bassett, as she officially bestowed the new name on the town.

Afghan president gives frank assessment of failings on tenth anniversary of launch of US-led war

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has said the Taleban are entirely reliant on Pakistan, claiming the militants cannot lift a finger without the Pakistanis.

Changing room chat: Shire grant Armed Forces free entry

EAST Stirlingshire have launched a new initiative to honour the men and women of the Armed Forces, by offering them free entry to home matches.

Veterans in line for lottery fund award

Scottish veterans of wars ranging from the First World War to current conflicts in Afghanistan have been awarded funding to recognise their service in conflicts across the generations.

Mother reveals son's poignant last messages

THE mother of Liam Tasker, the 26-year-old army dog handler and explosives expert killed in Afghanistan in March, has revealed the messages her son sent members of his family to be opened in the event of his death.

Covenant with armed forces to become law

Veterans' campaigners hailed a "major step forward" in help for the armed forces yesterday after David Cameron accepted demands for the military covenant to be enshrined in law.

Royal honour for killed hero's family

The family of a "hero" army dog handler killed in Afghanistan has been presented with the Elizabeth Cross by the Princess Royal.

Afghan forces 'not ready to take over from Nato'

A LEADING charity has warned that Afghan security forces are not ready to take over security responsibilities from Nato troops, claiming the professionalism and accountability of the nation's police and army raise "serious concerns".

Afghans give rugby a try - and they're converted

THEIR mentoring normally involves passing on the skills and expertise needed to tackle insurgents and deal with improvised explosive devices.

'Bravest and most courageous' - second female soldier killed

The second female British soldier killed in Afghanistan was last night named as Captain Lisa Jade Head.

Capital welcomes Armed Forces Day

SCOTLAND'S capital is to stage three days of special events to mark its hosting of Britain's Armed Forces Day this summer.

Hero 'father figure' soldier laid to rest

HE was known as the "father figure" to his unit and a local hero in his community.

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