Latest British armed forces News

Visitors prepare to fish in front of the Red Sea port, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Dec.14, 2020. An explosion rocked a ship off Saudi Arabia's port city of Jiddah on the Red Sea, authorities said Monday, without elaborating. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Saudi TV: Houthi sea mine strikes cargo ship in Red Sea

Dec. 25, 2020 4:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A sea mine planted by Yemen's Houthi rebels struck a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea on Friday, Saudi Arabia's state-owned television channel reported, without providing further details. Al-Ekhbariya quoted the Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen since...

A mother and child look at the line of trucks parked up on the M20, part of Operation Stack in Ashford, Kent, England, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Thousands wait to resume their journey across The Channel after the borders with France reopened. Trucks inched slowly past checkpoints in Dover and headed across the Channel to Calais on Thursday after France partially reopened its borders following a scare over a rapidly spreading new virus variant. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

British army helps clear backlog of virus-stranded drivers

Dec. 25, 2020 12:09 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Around 1,000 British soldiers were spending Christmas Day trying to clear a huge backlog of truck drivers stuck in southeast England after France briefly closed its border to the U.K., then demanded coronavirus tests from all amid fears of a new, apparently more contagious, virus variant....

ICC closes probe into abuse of Iraqis by British troops

Dec. 9, 2020 11:48 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said Wednesday she is closing a preliminary probe into allegations of killings and torture of Iraqi prisoners by British troops from 2003-2008 and will not open a full-scale investigation because U.K. authorities have...

Cargo ship attacked off Yemen under unclear circumstances

Dec. 5, 2020 8:40 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A cargo ship traveling past Yemen in the Gulf of Aden came under attack in unclear circumstances, maritime authorities said Saturday. The Gulf of Aden is a crucial route for global trade and has seen attacks attributed to Yemen’s Houthi rebels as its civil war...

In this grab taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a statement on the defence review via video link from 10 Downing Street, in London, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Johnson has backed what is being touted as the biggest investment program in the U.K.'s armed forces since the end of the Cold War three decades ago. Johnson told lawmakers Thursday that the four-year financial package for the Ministry of Defense will “end the era of retreat” and pivot ting it towards potential future threats. Johnson said the armed forces will receive an additional 16.5 billion pounds ($21 billion) over and above the government’s earlier plans. (House of Commons/PA via AP)

UK defense spending boost stokes concerns about overseas aid

Nov. 19, 2020 10:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday touted the biggest investment in the U.K.'s armed forces since the end of the Cold War three decades ago but brushed aside concerns that his government is about to abandon pledges on overseas aid spending in order to pay for it. Johnson told...