Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
January 2016 - United Kingdom Special Weapons News
- UK team deploys to South Sudan to assess peacekeeping commitment UK MOD 31 Jan 2016 -- A UK military team deployed to South Sudan to look at what role the UK could play as part of a contribution to ongoing UN peacekeeping.
- Britain's New £1Bln Warships Breaking Down Because of Engine Troubles Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- The Type 45 British destroyers deemed to be the best warships in the world are constantly facing operating failures and need modernization that will boost their enormous building cost.
- UK sells 'invasive surveillance equipment' to Saudi Arabia Press TV 28 Jan 2016 -- Britain has approved the sale of invasive surveillance equipment to Saudi Arabia, amid an outcry over the Al Saud's human rights violations, a new report says.
- Lifting the Veil: UK Licenses Sale of Snooping Tech to Saudis, Egypt, UAE Sputnik 28 Jan 2016 -- The British government is licensing its overseas trade of surveillance equipment to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates among other states, The Independent newspaper reported citing new records.
- Update: air strikes in Iraq and Syria UK MOD 27 Jan 2016 -- Daesh terrorists in both Syria and Iraq have been repeatedly struck by numerous Royal Air Force attacks over recent days.
- Defence Secretary welcomes deeper security relationship with Germany UK MOD 25 Jan 2016 -- Defence Secretary Michael Fallon discussed the strengthening of Britain's security ties with Germany when he met counterpart Ursula Von der Leyen in Berlin today, where the Ministers confirmed their shared vision for a closer and stronger partnership.
- UK Labour chief seeks deal with Argentina over Las Malvinas Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- Britain's Labour Party leader has expressed support for a power-sharing deal with Argentina over the disputed Malvinas Islands, aka the Falklands, reports say.
- Distorted Reality: UK Calls for Nuclear Buildup Citing Russian Navy Upgrade Sputnik 24 Jan 2016 -- The modernization of the Russian navy has surfaced as a big concern for Britain who is trying to use it as a pretext for building up its nuclear arsenal.
- UK Denies Claims of Plans to Station Permanent Troops in Poland Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Britain has denied claims by Poland's Defense Minister that it would deploy 1,000 troops to the East European country bordering Russia on a permanent basis, in contravention of an agreement made in 2007 not to build up conventional forces in the region, Sputnik News has been told.
- Ex-Russian spy dismisses Litvinenko inquiry Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- A former Russian spy has rejected as nonsense a new British inquiry saying he was one of the state-directed murderers of dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
- Britain Under Pressure to Punish Putin Over Litvinenko Poisoning VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- Calls grew Friday for the government of British Prime Minister David Cameron to penalize Russia following the release Thursday of the results of a public inquiry on the 2006 murder of dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
- Lugovoy Possibly Exposed to Polonium Together With Litvinenko Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Andrey Lugovoy, accused of being involved in the death of former Russian FSB secret service agent Alexander Litvinenko by a recent UK inquiry, says he could have been exposed to polonium-210 at the same time with his former colleague.
- Lugovoy Says MI6 Tried Recruiting Him Prior to Litvinenko's Death Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Andrey Lugovoy, accused of being involved in the death of former Russian FSB secret service agent Alexander Litvinenko by a recent UK inquiry, says the British intelligence tried recruiting him prior to Litvinenko's death.
- British Judge: Putin 'Probably' OK'd Ex-Spy's Murder VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- A top British government investigator said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably personally approved the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian spy-turned-dissident who was exiled in Britain after criticizing Putin and accusing him – among other things – of being a pedophile.
- British Inquiry Implicates Russia, Putin In Death Of Ex-Agent Litvinenko RFE/RL 21 Jan 2016 -- A British inquiry has concluded that the Russian government was behind the 2006 poisoning death of former Russian security agent Aleksandr Litvinenko and that President Vladimir Putin 'probably approved' the killing.
- British report finds Russian leadership behind 2006 killing of ex-KGB agent Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- Britain's Foreign Office has summoned the Russian ambassador to London after a British public inquiry alleged President Vladimir Putin behind the 2006 murder of former KGB agent, Alexander Litvinenko in the UK.
- UK Report Claims Putin to Blame for Litvinenko Death Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- The killing of former Russian FSB secret service officer Alexander Litvinenko has been laid at the door of President Putin in a widely expected conclusion to a public inquiry.
- Russian Media Shrugs Off Litvinenko Report RFE/RL 21 Jan 2016 -- Upon receiving long-awaited news related to the assassination of a former Russian security agent in London, the popular Moscow-based radio station Vesti FM was among the few state media outlets not to bury it.
- Russia dismisses UK inquiry into Litvinenko murder Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has strongly rejected as politicized the conclusion of a British inquiry into the 2006 killing of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko in London.
- Cameron: Report Confirms UK's Belief Litvinenko's Death 'State Sponsored' Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Thursday's report on the death of ex-FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko confirms both the previous and current UK governments' belief that the murder was state sponsored.
- Kremlin: British Report on Litvinenko's Death Could 'Poison' Russia-UK Ties Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- The British inquiry into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko is a quasi-probe that could damage Russia-UK relations even further, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.
- Russia Dismisses British Litvinenko Inquiry Findings VOA 21 Jan 2016 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry is dismissing a British inquiry's conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin 'probably' approved a 2006 assassination operation in which the country's spy agency poisoned its former agent Alexander Litvinenko in London.
- UK Defense Chief Criticizes Corbyn's Plan to Send New Subs on Duty Unarmed Sputnik 21 Jan 2016 -- Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's plan to build new Trident submarines but send them on duty without nuclear warheads is pointless and even dangerous, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Thursday.
- Defence Secretary reaffirms nuclear deterrent commitment UK MOD 21 Jan 2016 -- Defence Secretary has visited the home of the Royal Navy's submarine service to make clear the Government's commitment to the nuclear deterrent.
- Defence Secretary meets counterparts to discuss defeating Daesh UK MOD 20 Jan 2016 -- The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has met with his counterparts in Paris today to discuss the counter-Daesh campaign.
- Update: air strikes in Iraq and Syria UK MOD 20 Jan 2016 -- As part of the international coalition, RAF Tornado GR4, Typhoon FGR4 and Reaper aircraft have flown daily armed reconnaissance missions to seek out terrorist activity and to provide air support to the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces who are battling Daesh on the ground.
- Update: air strikes in Iraq and Syria UK MOD 18 Jan 2016 -- Daesh terrorists in Syria and Iraq have suffered further losses from successful Royal Air Force air strikes.
- Defence Secretary announces more support to Ukraine Armed Forces UK MOD 18 Jan 2016 -- The Defence Secretary has today announced the UK will gift around £500,000 worth of first aid kits to the Ukraine Armed Forces (UAF).
- Backlash Against UK Labour Leader Corbyn's Nuclear Blunder Sputnik 18 Jan 2016 -- UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn - a life-long anti-nuclear campaigner - faced a huge backlash Monday over his statement that Britain could retain its Trident nuclear missile deterrent, but without carrying warheads.
- Update: air strikes in Iraq and Syria UK MOD 13 Jan 2016 -- Royal Air Force aircraft have joined other coalition jets in a carefully coordinated major strike on a Daesh terrorist headquarters in Mosul.
- UK team deploys to train Nigerian forces fighting Boko Haram UK MOD 13 Jan 2016 -- A UK military training team will deploy to Nigeria as part of the ongoing efforts to train local forces to combat Boko Haram.
- Draft UK surveillance law threatens freedom of expression, UN human rights experts warn UN News 12 Jan 2016 -- United Nations human rights experts have called for a comprehensive review of the United Kingdom's draft Investigatory Powers bill, warning that if adopted in its present form it could threaten the rights to freedoms of expression and association both inside and outside the country.
- Defence Secretary announces closer defence ties with Japan UK MOD 08 Jan 2016 -- The Defence Secretary has announced the UK will look at taking part in a joint military exercise with Japan to tighten defence relations.
- Update: air strikes in Iraq and Syria UK MOD 06 Jan 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
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