Gavin Williamson and the Somaliland massacre

Since being sacked from Boris Johnson’s cabinet over the exam grades fiasco, former education secretary Sir Gavin Williamson has largely faded from the public eye. The Conservative MP for South Staffordshire has little credibility left, having already blown his second chance.  Theresa May had earlier dismissed Williamson as her defence secretary over an alleged leak […]

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The UK’s 83 military interventions around the world since 1945

The British military has used or threatened to use military force much more in the postwar world than is conventionally remembered or believed. Declassified has documented 83 interventions by the UK armed forces since 1945, in 47 different countries. The most striking of the British uses of force have been the overt invasions or armed […]

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Britain’s ambassador to Somalia visits the police Goodir Unit (Photo: FCDO / Twitter)

David Amess murder: How is Britain tackling the terror threat from Somalia?

The UK Foreign Office has spent around £24 million since 2013 assisting an armed police squad in Somalia whose counter-terrorism operations are shrouded in secrecy. Funding for Somalia’s Goodir Unit is intended to stop attacks by Al Shabab, the Al Qaeda-linked militant group in East Africa that claims to have recruited British Somalis from London, […]

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Britain’s seven covert wars: An Explainer

The United Kingdom is fighting at least seven covert wars

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