Archived posts with tag ‘U.K.’

12.01.12
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

The arrest of former Turkish Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug as part of an ongoing investigation into anti-government plotting within the military has come as a shock to many within Turkey. He will face trial in a civil court, which was unthinkable even a decade ago.

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06.12.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

U.K.
A Grenadier Guardsman, Daniel Crook, has been sentenced to 18 months and dishonorably discharged from the British Army for stabbing a 10-year-old boy in Afghanistan. Crook had been drinking so heavily the day before the incident that he had to receive treatment. There was such concern that he might be a danger that when he joined his section for a patrol at Nad e Ali, he had his rifle confiscated. He was armed with just a bayonet and two grenades.

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11.10.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

BAE Systems
One of the biggest defense firms in the world announced over 3,000 job losses at a variety of sites within the U.K. as Eurofighter Typhoon production slows. Many of the losses are going to happen regardless of the result of future bids in India and Japan, which could be worth over 200 planes in total.

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11.08.11
Peter at the Riots

Walking home through trendy Shoreditch in London’s East End, I get the feeling that things really are alright. People sit outside the trendy cafes and boutiques enjoying the August sunshine while others stand and admire the impressive mural art for which Shoreditch and Hoxton are famous for.

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21.07.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

European Union
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has blocked an attempt by his opposite number within the E.U. to establish a permanent European “Operational HQ” that could have power over British troops. The “OHQ” idea was pushed by E.U. Foreign High Representative Baroness Ashton and would involve civilian and military officials specializing in crisis-management. OHQ would have control over “European battle groups,” which could include British servicemen.

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07.07.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

U.K.
Veterans charity the Royal British Legion has cut all ties with British tabloid newspaper News of the World after it emerged that staff employed by the newspaper may have hacked the voicemail accounts of relatives of servicemen killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The revelation is the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News International and its practices of hacking mobile phones of celebrities and victims of crime or disaster.

The forces charity said it was “shocked to the core” by the allegations and that it would be reconsidering its links with other News International publications such as The Sun and The Times.

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22.06.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Britain
If you thought relations between Britain’s military and the previous government were bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday lashed out at critics in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force who complained of low morale due to almost 14 years of constant operations. Matters came to a head when the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, warned that current operations were “unsustainable.” When asked about the comments at a press conference on Downing Street, Cameron remarked, “There are moments when I wake up and think, ‘You do the fighting, I’ll do the talking.’”

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30.05.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Iran
Spanish authorities uncovered a big sanctions-busting deal this week after raids in Barcelona and Madrid. The bust concerns the export of nine Bell-212 helicopters to Iran and chopper parts to Venezuela. The aircraft could be converted for military uses and thus are banned by U.N. sanctions. Furthermore, the parts were being exported to Venezuela without the proper permits. The total value of the choppers and parts comes to well over 100 million Euros.

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24.05.11
Danger Room: Attack Helos in Libya Mean Deadly Days Ahead — For Everyone

The two-month-old civil war in Libya is about to get a lot deadlier, for both sides.

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09.05.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Libya
Getting an update on the progress of the small British, French and Italian mission in rebel-held Libya is proving difficult as the rebel administration and the advisers’ respective governments keep under wraps the whole program to transform the rag-tag rebel army.

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04.11.10
Atlantic Sentinel: Britain, France to Pool Military Resources

Faced with severe budget cuts at home, Britain and France agreed today to work more closely together in the realm of defense. At a bilateral summit in London, Prime Minister David Cameron said that he and President Nicolas Sarkozy had opened a “new chapter” in the relationship between the two countries.

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