French commando killed trying to rescue hostage from Somali militants in daring helicopter raid

French commando killed trying to rescue hostage from Somali militants in daring helicopter raid Militant group al-Shabab have held French soldier Denis Allex since 2009French spies stormed house after arriving in five helicoptersOne soldier killed and another was reported missing Initial reports Mr Allex was shot dead during the raid have been denied by those holding him , looking gaunt, he sent a video message to new President Francois Hollande, telling how his hopes of a rescue were fading by the day. He calls on France to drop its 'oppressive attitude' towards Muslims and says Mr Hollande represented his last hope of rescue. Poignantly, he adds: 'I am alive.

Al-Qaeda offers $160K bounty for assassination of US Ambassador to Yemen and $23K for killing American soldiers

Al-Qaeda offers $160K bounty for assassination of US Ambassador to Yemen and $23K for killing American soldiers | UPDATED: 18:03 GMT, 30 December 2012 Al-Qaeda has placed a $160,000 bounty on the head of the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen and $23,000 for the assassination of any American soldiers in the country. An audio produced by the group's media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites Saturday said it offered three kilograms of gold for the killing of Ambassador Gerald M.

"A football was kicked out of our trenches and we played the Germans": Previously unseen letter from Clement Barker recounting World War One…

'A football was kicked out of our trenches and we played the Germans': Poignant letter recounting famous 1914 Christmas Day truce rediscovered nearly 100 years on A letter from Staff Sergeant Clement Baker describes the famous truceSgt Clement Barker sent the letter four days after Christmas 1914Letter details how German messenger brokered truce on Christmas Eve | UPDATED: 13:43 GMT, 23 December 2012 A previously-unseen letter which describes the legendary football match of the Christmas Day truce during the First World War has been discovered. The letter was sent by staff sergeant Clement Barker four days after Christmas 1914, when the British and German troops famously emerged from their trenches in peace

Camp Bastion: At your Royal service: Prince Harry to dish up Christmas dinner to junior soldiers in Afghanistan

At your Royal service: Prince Harry to dish up Christmas dinner to junior soldiers in Afghanistan It is a tradition for officers to serve lower ranks their meal on Christmas DayThird in line has offered to take help out by carving turkey at Camp Bastion | UPDATED: 22:35 GMT, 22 December 2012 Prince Harry is to add some royal cheer to festive celebrations at Camp Bastion by serving up Christmas lunch. The third in line has offered to take help out by carving a huge turkey to dish out to hundreds of junior soldiers at Camp Bastion

Army doctor struck off over death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa who was beaten by soldiers in 2003

Army doctor struck off over death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa after failed resuscitation when he was severely beaten by soldiers Dr Keilloh supervised failed resuscitation attempt to save life of Baha MousaHe showed 'repeated dishonesty' in claiming not to have seen injuries | UPDATED: 22:30 GMT, 21 December 2012 Dr Derek Keilloh was struck off the medical register today over the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa The career of a GP was in ruins today after he was struck off for failing to report details of an appalling war crime while working as a young Army medic in Iraq. Dr Derek Keilloh was said to have done everything possible to revive Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa, who had suffered fatal injuries at the hands of British soldiers. But the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service ruled that he should have blown the whistle to senior officers about what went on.

Taliban kill five women polio aid workers in Pakistan as they administer vaccines to children

Taliban kills five women aid workers in Pakistan as they administer polio vaccineFour women aid workers gunned down in the southern city of Karachi and another killed in a village outside the north-west city of PeshawarAid workers were administering polio jabs as part of 3-day vaccination driveTaliban claim the campaign to immunise children is a cover for U.S. spies | UPDATED: 17:20 GMT, 18 December 2012 The Taliban murdered five women polio health workers in a series of attacks in Pakistan today

Army doctor Derek Keilloh found guilty of dishonest conduct over the death of Baha Mousa

Army doctor found guilty of dishonest conduct over the death of Baha Mousa after failing to spot dying Iraqi detainee's 93 injuriesBaha Mousa suffered 93 injuries following beating by British soldiersDoctor Derek Keilloh maintained he did not see victim’s broken ribs and other injuriesMedic was just 28 at time of incident and had only been in job eight weeksHe was today found guilty of misleading and dishonest conduct | UPDATED: 10:11 GMT, 17 December 2012 A former Army doctor failed to protect Iraqi detainees and acted dishonestly after the death of a prisoner, medical watchdogs ruled yesterday. Baha Mousa, 26, a hotel night receptionist who had been arrested by British soldiers in Basra, suffered 93 injuries while in custody

Sikh soldier Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar who will be the first to guard Buckingham Palace without a bearskin

The Sikh soldier who will be the first to guard Buckingham Palace without a bearskin as he'll be wearing a turban instead Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar, 25, has been allowed to break hundreds of years of tradition to observe his religion by the Scots Guards Has had to endure taunts from his Army colleaguesHe will look 'ridiculous' to tourists and onlookers, traditionalists sayHe has our full support, say MoD | UPDATED: 01:43 GMT, 2 December 2012 The British Army is embroiled in a damaging row after the first Sikh soldier allowed to wear a turban rather than a bearskin on ceremonial duties suffered abuse from his colleagues.