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Britain may deploy missiles for Olympics – minister

Britain may deploy surface-to-air missiles to protect London during the 2012 Olympics, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Monday, shortly after the government rejected reports of US security fears. Hammond told lawmakers that “all necessary measures” would be taken to protect the London games following the reports that the United States was set to send 1,000…

British minister criticizes Blair over role in mideast

British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has questioned the qualifications of Middle East envoy Tony Blair, who is already facing criticism from the Palestinians over his peace role. Fox spoke at a fringe event at the governing Conservative party conference late Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of the members of the…

Allies hit Kadhafi forces in ‘weeks-long’ campaign

TRIPOLI (AFP) – Coalition forces launched a seventh day of air strikes against the regime of Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi on Friday in the NATO-led campaign which France’s military chief predicted would last “weeks”. NATO agreed to take control of a no-fly zone over Libya to thwart Kadhafi loyalists while British…

UK plans rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan

British defense secretary: ‘We are not a global policeman’ Senior British officials, including new Foreign Secretary William Hague, arrived in Afghanistan Saturday with a warning that Britain wants to withdraw its troops as soon as possible. Hague, Defense Secretary Liam Fox and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell are set to…

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