27 March 2012
Two British soldiers have been killed in the big British barracks at Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, by an Afghan wearing a military uniform.
An American soldier was killed in a separate attack in eastern Afghanistan by a man believed to be part of a village-level fighting force being fostered by the Americans.
One-in-seven international military fatalities in Afghanistan this year has been caused by Afghan soldiers turning their arms on the men who thought they were comrades.
Author and former SAS officer Andy McNab has just returned from Helmand and told the Today programme’s Sarah Montague that “even the Afghan National Army (ANA) are targets,” pointing out that the brigade commander does not go anywhere without his bodyguard.
Men’s Hour is to return to BBC Radio 5 Live this weekend, with the “cheeky younger brother” to Radio 4′s Women’s Hour promising to “lift the lid on the male inner soul”.
The Tim Samuels-presented show, which debuted last July, will start a brand new series on May 8 at 9pm. This follows a one-off Men’s Hour special at Christmas, featuring superstar chef Jamie Oliver discussing his life and career in a greasy spoon café.
In the new series, Men’s Hour will again cover critical issues affecting the modern man, including health and relationships, along with more unusual topics such as “spiritual gurus and sperm stealers”.
Samuels will be joined in the studio each week by comedian John Holmes, along with a range of special guests, including ex-SAS officer Andy McNab discussing the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
The 5 Live Blokey Book Club will feature famous personalities such as David Baddiel discussing their favourite books, while Dr Mark Hamilton will answer embarrassing health questions in the 60 Second Hypochondria feature.
Men’s Hour is produced by Tonic Productions, which recently created the Porn Again documentary for Radio 5 Live fronted by former home secretary Jacqui Smith.
You can listen to last Sunday’s show with Andy if you go here The talk with Andy starts at 14min