2011
23.04

Amid battle scenes that have been described by one commander as the most
intense “since the Korean War,” the BBC’s Alastair Leithead, award-winning
cameraman Fred Scott and field producer Peter Emmerson spent nine days with
U.K. forces in a remote area of southern Afghanistan. There they found
themselves under the constant risk of ambush and attack.

This past fall, as the BBC team was embedded with the troops, the struggle
intensified between British troops and the forces of the Taliban. Around 5,800
U.K. troops are stationed in Afghanistan, following the U.S.-led invasion in
October 2001, and to date more than 40 have been killed. The majority of the
deployment is in Helmand, an area of major Taliban activity and opium
production.

The filmmakers gained unique, prolonged access to the soldiers of the Royal
Marines 3 Commando Brigade as they fought a shifting and elusive Taliban
threat. Every day, the fighting continues to destroy buildings and lives-
forcing people from their homes. Battlefield Afghanistan is a daring film that
takes viewers directly to the frontlines and questions whether the NATO forces
are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.

2011
12.04

The new Nick Stone will be released 15 September and is named ‘Dead Centre’:

Indonesia, January 2005. Nick Stone is working undercover, to retrieve incriminating material from amongst the tsunami-ravaged chaos of a devastated landscape. His team is attacked and a man dies — but not before he makes an agonising promise that will return one day to haunt him…

Moscow, March 2011. Semi-retired but restless, Stone finds himself at the centre of an extraordinary encounter which turns his world upside down. An oligarch’s young son and heir has been snatched — with his mother — from aboard a luxury yacht in the Seychelles, and only one man has what it takes to track them down and bring them home.

The fuse is lit, and Stone is hurtled into his most complex and compelling mission yet — a mission that leads him from the Alpine enclaves of the super-rich to the savage underbelly of war-torn Somalia. And in a world where piracy, extortion and betrayal lurk in the twisted wreckage of imperial ambition, Stone’s principal objective turns remorselessly from liberation to revenge…

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam Press (15 Sep 2011)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0593065220
ISBN-13: 978-0593065228

2011
12.04

The Sun
5 April 2011

David Cameron was blasted last night for hailing the bravery of RAF Top Guns over Libya – just as forces heroes were sacked back home.
The PM heaped praise on daring Tornado and Typhoon pilots as he arrived at their Italian air base Gioia del Colle. Yet hours earlier he had ordered Defence Secretary Liam Fox to slash 2,600 more soldiers, sailors and pilots from the ranks, while Britain fights wars in Libya AND Afghanistan.

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The Sun’s security adviser Andy McNab said: “The military don’t want to lose anyone and there are many arguments that we shouldn’t be losing anyone.

“These cuts are coming from politicians. It’s a dark day for the military.”

2011
12.04

The Sun
6 April 2011

PM David Cameron sparked a fresh defence row yesterday by splurging £650million he’s saving in Forces cuts on schools in Pakistan.
He pledged the giant sum to pay for 90,000 new teachers and get four million poor Pakistani children into school.

It is the UK’s biggest ever overseas aid education project – but the move sparked fury among Sun readers.

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Sun security adviser and SAS legend Andy McNab warned that corruption in Pakistan would mean some of the aid money being “funnelled to the people laying the bombs and shooting the weapons against British troops in Afghanistan”.

2011
12.04

The Sun
09 Apr 2011

The grieving widow of a Royal Navy officer shot dead when a crewman opened fire on a nuclear submarine has described him as “an utterly devoted” family man.

Able Seaman Ryan Donovan, 22 – “furious” at being ordered to do back-to-back tours – was halted by a heroic civilian visitor in Southampton after gunning the officer down on HMS Astute on Friday and leaving another fighting for life.

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By ANDY McNAB
Sun security advisor

When a group of people live and work together in such a small environment, everything gets magnified tenfold.

These guys spend three months under the water sleeping in a tiny physical space.

And if something goes wrong, you can’t just phone your wife.

That’s why the culture is friendlier than in other military areas. Officers and crew call each other by their first names. It’s about man-management, not command and control.

But because everything is so contained there has to be a tight regime to stick to. Crew must be able to get on with others. Perhaps there was a personal grievance or a row got out of hand. Who knows?

It’s a credit to the Submarine Service that nothing like this has happened before.

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