The governor of Okinawa has approved controversial plans to relocate a US Marine base to a less populous area – but said he would keep pressing to move the base off the of the Japanese island altogether.

Taliban flee to desert as Nato storms stronghold

British troops in Afghanistan yesterday entered an insurgent stronghold targeted in a major Nato offensive unopposed after Taliban fighters abandoned their defensive positions.

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

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A Royal Marine has been killed in a blast in Sangin in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.

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Five Afghan soldiers died in a botched Nato airstrike after they were mistaken for insurgents yesterday, in another set-back to the international coalition as it struggles to build the country's own security forces as a prelude to a military withdrawal.

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British troops will be withdrawn from the Sangin area of Afghanistan later this year, Defence Secretary Liam Fox told MPs today.

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British troops are pulling out of Sangin, the most lethal place in the Afghan frontline, where they had suffered nearly a third of their fatalities in the war.

Time for examination after 300th serviceman's death

In the searing summer heat and dirt of the patrol bases in Helmand the landmark will have passed unnoticed. Nobody wants to count their dead or suggest one is more noteworthy than the other. But the loss of the 300th serviceman in Afghanistan must be a time for reflection and examination.

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Commanders in Afghanistan are examining whether a sharp rise in troops being killed by gunfire is a sign that a better trained or equipped Taliban is targeting soldiers with snipers.

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The second in command of the Royal Air Force died yesterday afternoon while competing in a triathlon.

Japan's leader in U-turn on US base

The embattled Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, has apologised to the people of Okinawa for ditching a campaign promise to move a US military base off the island. The concession is likely to further erode his grip on power.

Workhorse rifle 'failing US troops in Afghanistan'

The US military thinks it may have got one of the basics wrong: its guns are not good enough. A US Army study found that the M-4 rifle, the workhorse weapon of America's troops, is ineffective at ranges of more then 300m because bullets lose the velocity necessary to kill an enemy.

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