Archive: Defence

The defence secretary, Des Browne

British forces have "energised" Taliban

Defence secretary Des Browne has admitted that the presence of British forces in Afghanistan has "energised" the Taliban.

  • New independent commissioner to be appointed in the armed forces

    New military ombudsman proposed

    Armed forces personnel or their families concerned about abuse in the military will be able to complain to an independent figure, under plans announced today.

  • Des Browne offers condolences to family of British soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Browne offers condolences over Afghan soldier death

    Defence secretary Des Browne has expressed his condolences to the family of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan, but insisted troops were playing a vital role in the country.

  • PM says death of Iraqi al-Qaeda leader al-Zarqawi is very good news

    Al-Zarqawi death 'a blow to al-Qaeda'

    Al-Zarqawi was the "most vicious prosecutor" of the fight against democracy in Iraq and his death is a blow to terrorists everywhere, Tony Blair has said.

  • MoD promises action after survey reveals many troops do not vote

    MoD acts on low voter turnout

    The government has announced changes to the way armed forces personnel can vote after new figures show just a quarter of troops overseas voted in the last election.

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