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UK ends Afghan combat operations

UK ends Afghan combat operations

The last UK base in Afghanistan has been handed over to the control of Afghan security forces, ending British combat operations in the country. The union flag was lowered at Camp Bastion, while Camp Leatherneck - the adjoining US base - was also handed over to Afghan control. UK troops entered Afghanistan in 2001. Defence...

Heathrow cancels flight amid Gonzalo warning

Heathrow cancels flight amid Gonzalo warning

Heathrow has said about 10% of flights will be cancelled on Tuesday, as strong winds are expected when the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the UK. Flights with the 20 biggest carriers would be affected, it said. British Airways (BA) said it had cancelled flights on Tuesday ahead of the expected severe weather. The remains of...

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

As the US-led airstrikes target Islamic State (IS) strongholds in eastern Syria, reports emerged that Syria’s air force has intensified its airstrikes on rebel positions in the west. Opponents of the US strikes argue that they have given an indirect boost to Syrian regime forces, helping them focus their attacks on rebel positions outside...

ISIS, Iraq, and the war in Syria: Military Outlook

ISIS, Iraq, and the war in Syria: Military Outlook

Events on the battlefield will reveal the true effects of the crisis, but the ISIS campaign in Iraq could ultimately help the Syrian opposition and hurt the Assad regime. The stunning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in northern and western Iraq over the past week has significant military implications...

Muhammad Ali 'so ill he can barely speak'

Muhammad Ali 'so ill he can barely speak'

Muhammad Ali’s battle with debilitating Parkinson’s disease has reached the point at which he can barely speak, his brother has revealed, reports British daily The Independent. The legendary boxer, 72, was too ill to attend the premiere of a film about his life last week – or to take part in any of the...

UK troops training Kurdish forces in Iraq

UK troops training Kurdish forces in Iraq

A "specialist team" of 12 UK soldiers is training Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has said. It said troops from the Yorkshire Regiment were training Iraqi Kurds to use UK-supplied heavy machine guns. The soldiers are expected to spend a week in Irbil, in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. Royal Air...

How IS works

How IS works

Organisation The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has a detailed structure that encompasses many functions and jurisdictions, according to ISIS documents seized by Iraqi forces and seen by American officials and Hashim Alhashimi, an Iraqi researcher. Many of its leaders are former officers from Saddam Hussein’s long-disbanded army who augmented their military training...

First hint of 'life after death' in biggest ever study

First hint of 'life after death' in biggest ever study

Death is a depressingly inevitable consequence of life, but now scientists believe they may have found some light at the end of the tunnel, reports The Telegraph. The largest ever medical study into near-death and out-of-body experiences has discovered that some awareness may continue even after the brain has shut down completely. It is a...

Editorial

Scotland decides to be with the UK

IN a historic referendum held Thursday, the Scottish people have had their say about what future they like for themselves: To be an independent entity or remain part of Great Britain. It was an extraordinary sight of how a people decide its political future in a democracy through freely exercising their right to self-determination.     Clearly, pragmatism of the Scottish people has got the better of their emotion through this referendum.    The majority of the electorate,   55 per cent of...

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