• Published on 7 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Mark Francois, a former defence minister and Conservative MP who now sits on the defence Select Committee speaks to Matt Frei who starts by asking him if the UK has a moral duty to protect the Afghan translators who worked for the British army in Afghanistan.

  • Published on 12 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    Cathy Newman asks Jeremy Corbyn: When in the last half century has British-backed military action been necessary?

  • Published on 21 Dec 2016 Sections Afghanistan, Culture, UK

    Sergeant Blackman’s former commanding officer reveals to Channel 4 News the untold story of warnings issued about the disgraced marine’s unit, a lack of leadership and how “more could have been done in advance to avoid” the tragic outcome.

  • Published on 13 Jan 2016 Sections UK

    This investigation highlighted the case of Rebecca Crookshank and – for once – actually produced video footage of bullying in the RAF at a Falklands base. Nicola Williams, who’s just become the new military ombudsman, says she’s determined to root out sexual harassment in the armed forces.

  • Published on 26 Jul 2013 Sections North Korea, World

    North Korea is marking 60 years since the end of the Korean War. John Sparks is in Pyongyang, where he’s being treated to mysterious city tours, chaperoned by ever-present government minders.

  • Published on 16 Jul 2013 Sections Politics, UK, World

    Nuclear policy: hypocrisy and inevitability?

    Sixty-eight years ago today America detonated the world’s first nuclear bomb at its Trinity testing site in New Mexico. Today the most intriguing aspect of the nuclear debate is that it is so low-key.

  • Published on 7 Feb 2013 Sections Pakistan, United States

    CIA boss faces questions on ‘unmanned and unseen’ drones

    Drones are the corner stone of Barack Obama’s security policy, but the debate is now raging in the CIA and beyond on whether the unmanned and unseen weapons are counter productive, and driving recruits to al-Qaeda.

  • Published on 10 May 2012 Sections Fact, FactCheck, Fiction

    Jim Murphy has challenged the government to “come clean” about how much its aircraft carrier u-turn has cost the taxpayer – which he’d heard could be as much as £250m. “This is an embarrassing shambles,” he said, after Defence Secretary Philip Hammond went from outlining a bill of something between £40m-£50m only to admit later that it could be as much as £100m. Mr Hammond insisted however that the bill would be “much less than £250m”. Who’s right? FactCheck investigates.

  • Published on 2 Nov 2010 Sections France, World

    It’s a new era for defence as the French and the British sign a co-operation declaration. But are they making the pact for the same reasons? Lindsey Hilsum does not think so.

  • Published on 6 Oct 2010 Sections Afghanistan, World

    Margaret Evison is as pretty far removed from the tub-thumping anti-war campaigning Mother. She would have great sympathy for such women – it’s just that she’s not one of them. She supports the Afghanistan war. Though having just returned from a trip to Kabul and the Panshjir Valley with the veteran reporter Sandy Gall, her…

  • Published on 16 Jul 2010

    Mandy's Secret Weapon

    At the Mandy book launch last night there were some wonderfully tedious ‘no-shows’ and some equally intriguing ‘shows’, the Prince of Darkness was in ebullient form.

  • Published on 26 Apr 2010 Sections FactCheck, Uncategorised

    Nick Clegg says the MoD employs one civilian for every 2 serving military members of staff – but does his claim give the full picture?

  • Published on 27 Jul 2009 Sections Afghanistan, World

    It is very hard today to read the foreign secretary’s new strategy for Afghanistan. The aims of Nato are laudable.  They are invariably necessary and they are vital for the security of both Britons and Afghans alike.  But, worringly, they are becoming more unattainable every day.

  • Published on 23 Feb 2009 Sections World

    I remember the horror when we entered the plundered Baghdad Museum two days after the Americans took the Iraqi capital in April 2003. We picked our way through broken shards of pottery and destroyed statues – the looters had smashed as well as grabbed. A lone archaeologist was wandering around in shock. “We would have…