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UK reiterates support to the fight against Boko Haram

Over 28,500 members of the Nigerian military have received UK training and Defence education in this time

UK Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster visited Nigeria this week, marking the strong Defence relationship between the two nations. During the visit, Minister for the Armed Forces saw first-hand the support the UK is providing to the Nigerian Armed Forces leading the fight against Boko Haram in North…

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UK troops awarded medals for UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

HM Ambassador to South Sudan has awarded UN medals to UK troops in recognition of their service in South Sudan

85 UK troops from the Engineering and Medical Taskforce in South Sudan have been awarded UN medals by HM Ambassador Alison Blackburne in recognition of their unstinting service in South Sudan. During their tour, the troops have undertaken projects including support of remedial works to a jetty on the River…

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UK field hospital in South Sudan fully operational

The Defence Secretary has confirmed that the UK-built temporary hospital that will support a UN mission in country is now up and running

British troops are supporting the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Sir Michael Fallon has confirmed that the Bentiu-based medical facility is fully operational, and will support over 1,800 UN peacekeepers and UN staff. This will enable military and civilian staff to carry out the work of the UNMISS…

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UK anti-poaching support in Malawi to help tackle organised crime

UK Armed Forces will help stem illegal wildlife trade in Malawi by training a new force of anti-poaching trackers

A British Army team from 1 (UK) Division will deploy early in the new year to train Malawi park rangers as combat tracking instructors, which will in turn help neutralise the threat of poaching, and bring those responsible to justice. This UK support, initially focused on Malawi, could be extended…

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UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial: London Communiqué

Representatives from 80 nations, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia are in London today to discuss Better Peacekeeping

The Governments of Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Finland, Indonesia , Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal,…

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UK supports training of Egyptian Armed Forces

The UK is committing to deepening our training relationship with the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF), the Defence Secretary has announced

After training more than 80 EAF personnel across 2015/16 in Counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) and close protection, hosted in the UK, Michael Fallon has pledged to continue working alongside the Egyptian military to enable further training. The UK and Egypt have already made great steps through initial train-the-trainer focused work,…

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UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial: London Communiqué

United Nations peacekeeping is an indispensable part of the international community’s response to threats to international peace and security

The Governments of Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Finland, Indonesia , Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic…

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UK bolsters support to peacekeeping in South Sudan

Up to one hundred extra UK Armed Forces personnel are to join UN peacekeeping work in South Sudan, adding to 300 announced under the previous Government

Speaking at the UK-hosted UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that the troops will deploy to South Sudan to boost support to the UN Mission in the country. Once in country the deployment will more than double the UK’s global peacekeeping efforts. The additional UK…

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Royal Navy ship supports removal of potential chemical weapon materials from Libya

A Royal Navy vessel has assisted in the removal of the last batch of known materials which could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons from Libya

The UK provided RFA Mounts Bay to support the Danish-led maritime operation, escorting a Danish transport ship through the Mediterranean as it carried the chemicals, the Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary have announced. Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile was destroyed under international supervision in 2014. However, a quantity of chemicals which…

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UK Armed Forces help Tunisian forces fight violent extremism

UK military support to counter-IED training in Tunisia has been extended for an additional year, the Defence Secretary has announced.

The extension of the in-country team underlines the UK’s support against the threat posed by extremists, Michael Fallon has said, with Tunisia a frontline state in the fight against Daesh. The small team, comprising counter-IED and training specialists, deployed in March last year. They have been instrumental, as part of…