Latest British armed forces News

Commander Craig: 007 star made honorary Royal Navy officer

Sep. 23, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The name’s Craig, Commander Craig. Britain’s Royal Navy said Thursday that James Bond star Daniel Craig has been made an honorary commander in the service — the same rank held by the fictional secret agent. In Ian Fleming’s spy...

Ex-UK Marine leaves Kabul with dogs, cats but no local staff

Aug. 29, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former U.K. Royal Marine who waged a high-profile campaign to leave Afghanistan with almost 200 rescued dogs and cats has flown to safety — with the animals, but without his charity’s Afghan staff, who were left behind in Kabul. A privately funded...

As troops return, UK under pressure over Afghans left behind

Aug. 29, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday praised the “colossal” effort to airlift civilians from Kabul, as U.K. troops and diplomats flew home after the two-week mission, ending 20 years of British military involvement in Afghanistan. In a video...

The Latest: Last UK troops begin arriving from Afghanistan

Aug. 29, 2021 04:40 AM EDT

LONDON — Military planes carrying British troops and diplomats from Kabul are landing at a U.K. air base after the U.K.’s two-week evacuation operation ended. The U.K. ambassador to Afghanistan, Laurie Bristow, was among those who arrived Sunday at RAF Brize Norton...

Final UK evacuation flight leaves Kabul; troops head home

Aug. 28, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British troops left Kabul on Saturday, ending the U.K.'s evacuation operation and its 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the “heroic” evacuation effort, even as the government acknowledged some eligible...

The Latest: New Zealand unable to get everyone out it wanted

Aug. 27, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand says it was not able to get everybody it wanted out of Afghanistan in time before the deadly attacks near Kabul’s airport brought its rescue mission to an end. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday she is not yet sure how...

The Latest: Australia, New Zealand evacuate hundreds

Aug. 23, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia's prime minister says Australian and New Zealand officials evacuated more than 650 people from Kabul Airport over Monday night. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Tuesday five flights had left the airport in the busiest day of...

UK struggles for influence as Afghan crisis strains US ties

Aug. 23, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The messy exit of Western military forces from Afghanistan and the swift takeover of the country by the Taliban has stunned officials in Britain and strained the U.K.'s “special relationship” with its most important ally, the United States. ...

Buckingham Palace guard ceremony returns after COVID hiatus

Aug. 23, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British soldiers in scarlet tunics and bearskin hats paraded outside Buckingham Palace on Monday as the Changing the Guard ceremony resumed after a pandemic-induced 18-month gap. The tourist-pleasing spectacle was halted in March 2020 as Britain went into...

The Latest: Biden warns of IS threat to Kabul evacuation

Aug. 22, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is raising concerns that the Islamic State poses a threat as American troops seek to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies from Afghanistan. Biden in remarks at the White House on Sunday noted that the terror group is a...