Syrian regime ordered use chemical weapons against the Free Syrian Army during select battles, a defected general told Al Arabiya.
The Syrian government ordered the use chemical weapons against the Free Syrian Army (FSA) during select battles with Syrian regime forces, a defected general told Al Arabiya late Saturday.
Zahir al-Sakit, a former army general from the chemical weapons branch, told Al Arabiya that he was instructed to use chemical weapons during [...]
Turkey will officially request deployment of NATO missiles on Monday: German daily
Sueddeutsche Zeitung: up to 170 German soldiers could be deployed in Patriot missile mission near Turkey Syria
Video: Panetta says U.S. supports deployment of Patriot missiles to Turkey | Atlantic Council
From Voice of America: Another area of special concern for [Secretary of Defense Leon]Panetta is Syria, where cross-border attacks have prompted Turkey to ask NATO for Patriot missiles to place along the Syrian border. Panetta says [...]
The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that Gen Sir David Richards, the Chief of the Defence Staff, has been involved in deciding how to deal with the embarrassment of the Army’s highest-profile officer cavorting with a naked girl during a game of “strip billiards”.
He has made clear that the head of the Army, Gen Sir Peter Wall, must decide what action should be taken over the Prince’s conduct.
Both men are understood to [...]
(Reuters) – Britain’s top soldier warned on Wednesday that pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East could spawn militant Islamist activity in Britain, but said the greatest threat was economic.
In his end-of-year analysis of the dangers facing Britain, the chief of the defense staff, General David Richards, said the Arab Spring could stir unrest in Britain’s immigrant communities.
“(There is) the risk that the Arab awakening leads to fissures and internal conflict [...]
By James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor, Telegraph
10:37PM GMT 14 Dec 2011
It is understood that Armed Forces planners are looking at the possibility that a new global financial crash could undermine the defence forces of key British allies.
The head of the Armed Forces warned that economic issues pose a “strategic risk” to Britain.
Senior British commanders and officials are concerned that US plans to cut defence spending will be followed by other allies in [...]
Mr Cameron has already said that Britain’s combat mission in Afghanistan must end by 2014, in time for the next general election Photo: PA
Following the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the Prime Minister is increasingly determined to start bringing the Afghan mission to an end. He has told defence chiefs he wants to start the withdrawal this summer, as the [...]