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Previously secret documents indicate Margaret Thatcher knew about possible SAS involvement in 1984 Indian army raid

Mumbai-style commando raid plan 'uncovered in Pakistan'

An al-Qa'ida plot to launch co-ordinated "Mumbai-style" terror attacks in Britain, France and Germany involving shooting sprees on civilian targets by small groups of roaming gunmen has been uncovered in Pakistan.

Captain Micky Burn: Soldier who led the commandos in the 'Operation Chariot' raid on Saint Nazaire in 1942

Michael "Micky" Burn led a troop of army commandos as part of what has been described as the greatest raid of all time – the daring, successful but costly Operation Chariot against the vital Nazi dry dock and submarine base at Saint Nazaire, Brittany in 1942. Half the 28 men on his motor launch were among the 169 British commandos or sailors killed while 215 men, including Burn, were captured and spent the rest of the war as POWs. They had, however, succeeded in crippling the Saint Nazaire dock and Burn received a Military Cross for gallantry for carrying out his mission despite being wounded.

Agassi goes commando to fight for honesty about an amazing career

After all the revelations in his book, the maverick American has shocked fans with a shorts story, writes Paul Newman in New York

Piper Bill Millin: The 'Mad piper' who piped the allied troops ashore on D-Day

Bill Millin was the "Mad Piper" who played allied commandos ashore under heavy German fire at Sword Beach in Normandy on D-Day, on the extreme eastern flank of Operation Overlord.

Israeli troops 'not ready for flotilla battle'

Israeli troops were not ready for the violent resistance they met when they boarded a Gaza-bound aid ship and killed nine pro-Palestinian activists, the country's top military officer said yesterday. Speaking to an inquiry, the Israeli Defence Forces Chief of Staff, General Gabi Ashkenazi, gave the most detailed explanation yet of what went wrong with the raid on 31 May.

Two UK servicemen killed in Afghanistan

Two British servicemen were killed in southern Afghanistan in separate incidents, the Ministry of Defence said today. Next of kin were informed.

Commando ready to keep Hanagan on crest of wave

There was a reliable short cut to the winners of all three juvenile Group races at the Newmarket July Festival – each was trained by Richard Hannon – and the same ruse has been paying off this week for those who backed Zebedee and King Torus. The latter, of course, had been among those to win for Hannon at Newmarket and another, Libranno, brings an unbeaten record to the Tanqueray Richmond Stakes today.

Soldier jailed for Srebrenica deaths

A Bosnian court has jailed a man for 10 years for taking part in the massacre of 8,000 people at Srebrenica in 1995.

Flotilla deaths were a 'mistake', says IDF report

The killing of nine Turks in a raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last month followed intelligence and planning "mistakes", according to an Israel Defence Force (IDF)-commissioned report.

John Crichton: Socialist politician who masterminded the regeneration of the port of Leith

Few of us can claim that, single-handedly, we have brought about a major success story in urban regeneration.

Revealed: How strategy to train Afghan forces is in deep trouble

<i>IoS</i> investigation finds Afghan army and police riddled with addicts, illiterates and insurgents

Fourth marine killed in Afghanistan

A Royal Marine from 40 Commando died today during a fire-fight with insurgent Afghan forces - the fourth to be killed in four days, the Ministry of Defence said.

300th serviceman killed in Afghanistan named

The family of the 300th member of British forces to die in the Afghan war paid tribute today to a serviceman who "chose to live his days as a lion".

Marine killed in Helmand Province

A serviceman from 40 Commando Royal Marines was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.

Netanyahu rejects UN-led inquiry into aid ship shootings

Group of Israeli naval reserve officers calls for commanders to be held to account
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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Samuel West interview

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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