19 Oct 2010
British troops learn how to drive the new Wolfhound vehicle at a training area of Camp Bastion.
15:11 GMT, October 18, 2010 The British Army's newest heavyweight protected vehicle, Wolfhound, is now operational in Afghanistan, giving troops increased protection as they support missions in high-threat areas.
The six-wheeled Wolfhound joins Coyote and Husky as the biggest of the tactical support vehicle family.
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: 'Wolfhound's deployment on the front line marks a significant milestone for the range of vehicles our troops have at their disposal. Carrying essential combat supplies such as food, water and ammunition, the tactical support vehicle fleet is providing vital support to troops on front line patrols."
The British singer/songwriter was an officer in the Life Guards, a Cavalry regiment of the British Army, but left in 2002 to pursue his music career and says he is happy not to be ion service anymore because he doesn't support the British military's current involvement in Afghanistan.
He said: 'I'm glad I'm not in the Army now, as I wouldn't feel any great conviction for the way the war in Afghanistan is being approached by politicians. We need to look after our troops and equip them as best we can.'
Despite not supporting the decision to post troops into the Middle Eastern country, James plans to visit frontline troops in December to show them his support."
10 Aug 2010
In the first of an intimate set of portraits, Captain Abi Bradley of the Gurkha Rifles describes the particular challenges facing female soldiers operating in one of the world’s deadliest environments, the Helmand Province. The Telegraph joins Captain Abi Bradley on patrol with the men of the Gurkha Rifles.
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Further videos will be released by Telegraph TV through the week. Sergeant Carly Lambert talks about how she copes being away from her daughter in the UK. Lance Corporal Laura Roberts describes what life is like for a single girl surrounded by hundreds of young men while Lance Corporal Sophie Wright recounts how she recreates her home comforts. And Lance Corporal Ashton Mulligan, who joined up at 16, explains why she now has ambivalent feelings towards ‘home’. Each one of these remarkable women casts a different perspective on a long Afghan war.
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23 Apr 2009
Housing for the armed forces and their families is to be improved under a £50million modernisation plan. The money, brought forward from the budgets for the next two years, is part of a commitment to spend £3.1billion on forces’ accommodation over the next decade. But Commander John Muxworthy, of the UK National Defence Association, said the Chancellor had failed to increase overall defence spending despite expensive deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said: “The money for housing is welcome but it is a ridiculous sop. There is already a £2billion black hole in the Defence budget. The offer does not address the issue and the Armed Forces are going to be even worse off.”Click here for full report.
14 Apr 2009
KABUL - The Taliban has publicly executed a young unmarried couple in the southwestern province of Nimroz.
Confirming the incident, provincial governor Ghulam Dastageer Azad said couple was shot dead by extremists in front of a mosque after they were caught eloping.
“An unmarried young boy and an unmarried girl who loved each other and wanted to get married eloped because their families would not approve the marriage,” The News quoted Azad, as saying.
Terming the brutal incident an ‘insult to Islam’ he said local religious leaders had ordered a death sentence for the couple.
The incident once again brings to light the brutalities Afghan women are being subjected to in the country.
It is not only the extremists who treat women in the country as mere objects, but the government too seems to be backing the notion, as was evident from President Hamid Karzai’s controversial ‘rape law’.
The law, brought by President Karzai allowed Shiite men to demand sex from their wives every four days and keep them indoors indefinitely.
The law, which was leaked by an UN agency, stated that a Shiite woman must seek her husband’s permission to go outside which clearly subjugates the rights of women.
Facing severe international criticism over the issue, Karzai later ordered a review of the law saying he would send the bill back to parliament if it was found that women rights were being violated. (ANI)