Armed Forces International News Archives - January 2008

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Week 2 - January 2008

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UK Armed Forces Recruitment Criticised

Posted by Mark Broadbent on 13:58:03

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has refuted claims that it is glamourising war in order to help recruitment to the armed forces.In a report...

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UK Orders More Reaper UAVs

Posted by Mark Broadbent on 15:45:59

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DASC) has announced that it has received an order from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for 10 a...

Rice Condemns Iran’s Confrontation with US Navy

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 14:56:05

The actions of a number of Iranian speedboats which, several days ago, confronted US Naval ships off the coast of Iran, have been referred t...

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RAF Training Flight Sees Practice Bomb Lost

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 19:10:47

A practice bomb has been lost from a military aircraft which was undertaking a routine training flight. Officials at the Ministry of Defence...

US Report Declassifies Vietnam War Intelligence

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 19:42:46

A US National Security Agency-issued report highlights how, during the Vietnam War, fake calls were made by North Vietnam with a view to mak...

HIV, Hepatitis Tests for UK Troops after Blood Transfused

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 11:39:38

18 members of the British armed forces injured whilst serving in Afghanistan and Iraq are currently having medical checks carried out on the...

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USAF Airstrikes Unleash 40,000 lb of Bombs on Al-Qaeda

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 17:51:22

United States Air Force combat aircraft let loose 40,000 pounds of explosives over the course of an airstrike carried out on the 10th Januar...

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Gates Considers Additional US Troops for Afghanistan

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 18:07:24

Robert Gates, the US Defense Secretary, is contemplating plans to provide additional troop support to Afghanistan. Under the proposals, 3,00...

UN's El Baradei Details Pakistan Nuclear Weapon Fears

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 18:19:16

Comments made by the head of the United Nations’ atomic energy regulatory body on the 8th January highlighted his concerns over Pakistan...

Iran Responds to US Video Footage of Naval Standoff

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 15:03:58

In an update to Armed Forces International's previous coverage of recent events in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran's Revolutionary Guards are now...

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US Missile Defence Shield: Poland/Czech Rep. Cautious

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 16:04:14

Both the Czech Republic and Poland have asserted that they are in no rush to wrap up negotiations over their involvement in the US Missile D...

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MoD Funds Camouflage See Through Technology

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 17:56:27

The Ministry of Defence has provided funding to develop a proposal for a portable gadget which members of the armed forces can carry while e...

USAF Keeps 162 F-15s Grounded on Safety Issues

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 19:41:19

The United States Air Force has announced that over 40 per cent of its fleet of F-15 combat jets will remain grounded for the foreseeable fu...

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Russia's Su-34 Strike Aircraft Enters Full Production

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 10:53:31

The Russian aircraft manufacturing firm Sukhoi announced on the 9th January that it has put its Su-34 Fullback design into full production. ...

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Bush: Hope Flowing Back to Iraq After US Troop Surge

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 12:02:04

George W. Bush, the US President, has stated that hope is now on its way back to Iraq after the surge of US troops ordered early in 2007.20,...

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Eight Thai Army Troops Killed by Roadside Bomb

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 14:53:34

A spokesman for the Royal Thai Army has described how an assault that took place close to Thailand’s border with Malaysia resulted in the ...

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US Troops Kill 60 Insurgents in New Iraq Operation

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 19:59:29

The US military announced on the 14th January that, during the initial week of Operation Iron Harvest, 60 or more suspected insurgents had b...

UK Troops Could Face Long-Term Afghan Deployment

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 20:13:45

Des Browne, the UK Defence Secretary, has highlighted how Britain’s armed forces deployment in Afghanistan “could last decades”. Speak...

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£350m Systems Upgrades for RAF Harriers and Tornados

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 08:46:16

The Minister for Defence Procurement, Baroness Taylor, announced on the 14th January that the Royal Air Force's fleet of Harrier and Tornado...

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Chinese Military Not a Threat to US, Says Army Chief

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 14:27:48

Defending its rapid military growth, China stated on the 14th January that it did not pose a threat to the US. Additionally, it urged Washin...

RAF Apologises for Typhoon’s Sonic Boom

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 17:52:53

A Royal Air Force Typhoon military combat aircraft suffered a mechanical problem on the 14th January while it was passing over Shropshire, U...

Afghanistan Responds to Browne’s Troops Statement

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 19:18:47

On the 14th January, Armed Forces International reported on comments made by the UK Defence Secretary, Des Browne, who stated that British t...

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Aldershot Chosen to Host British Olympic Athletes

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 22:43:21

The British Army’s base at Aldershot has now been chosen as the site to be used by Britain’s Olympic athletes in the immediate run-up to...

US Defence Dept. Examines Stress among US Troops

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 13:18:48

A new report carried out by researchers at the US Defense Department highlights how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects approximat...

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MoD: 500+ Brain Injuries within UK Armed Forces

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 13:43:05

The scale of the condition mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) within the British armed forces came to light on the 15th January in new figur...

Japan Trials Missile Defence System for Tokyo

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 21:33:03

Officials in Japan have been carrying out trials aimed at establishing whether a missile defence system could operate in Tokyo. The assessme...

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US to Supply 3,200 More Troops to Afghanistan

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 08:24:38

The US Military confirmed on the 15th January that an extra 3,200 troops would be sent to Afghanistan, both in anticipation of a significant...

Holland: Gates’ NATO Troops Comments Misquoted

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 16:00:15

The government in Holland has announced its satisfaction over an explanation US Defence Secretary Robert Gates gave for comments in which he...

Paratroop Training Drops Within British Armed Forces

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 17:55:18

Training for airborne jumping has become much less prevalent within the British armed forces, it has emerged. Over a six year period ending ...

Afghan Air Force Reequips with New Aircraft, Helicopters

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 13:02:35

Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, has referred to his country’s air force as having been reborn, after opening a brand new aircr...

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RAF Chief: Red Arrows May Leave Base

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 18:34:45

It has emerged that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT), the Red Arrows, may leave their current base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire...

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US Defence Secretary Gates Praises NATO Troops

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 18:47:47

Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, has expressed praise for the “valour and sacrifice” shown by NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan...

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Israeli Warplanes Strike as Gaza Violence Intensifies

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 19:26:19

Sources in Gaza have described the effects of an air strike carried out by Israeli warplanes on the 18th January. The interior ministry buil...

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MoD Laptop Stolen: 600,000 Armed Forces Records Lost

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 16:12:49

It emerged on the 18th January that a laptop containing the details of 600,000 people has been stolen. The data saved on it related to prese...