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MoD acknowledges lifting of Marine anonymity order

A Ministry of Defence spokesman has said:

The MoD acknowledges the lifting of the anonymity order in respect of Marine A.

We presented our security concerns in open court, and an independent legal process has now concluded; we respect the decision of the court.


Identities of Marines B and C yet to be released

Two Royal Marines who were acquitted by a court martial over the death of an Afghan insurgent should be named, judges have ruled.

The shooting was filmed by a camera on Marine B's helmet.

However, their identities will not be released pending a possible move by their lawyers to take the issue on to the Supreme Court, the UK's highest court.

Shooting of Afghan insurgent was filmed by headcam

The shooting of an injured Afghan insurgent was filmed by a camera mounted on the helmet of Marine B.

The camera was mounted on Marine B's helmet.

Marines B and C were alleged to have been ''party to the killing'' and ''encouraged and assisted'' Marine A in committing the murder, but they were cleared.

Royal Marines are seen in the footage taken from a collegue's headcam.

The sentencing hearing in relation to Marine A, who has been named as Sergeant Alexander Blackman, is due to take place tomorrow.

A commando is seen to the right of the helmet camera footage.

Marine convicted of Afghan insurgent's murder named

A judge has ruled that the anonymity of the Royal Marine convicted of murdering a seriously injured Afghan insurgent can be lifted.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman has been named as Marine A. Credit: Topfoto

The commando, known as Marine A during the court martial, has been named as Sergeant Alexander Wayne Blackman.

Two other servicemen who were acquitted, known as Marines B and C, can also be named, the judges ruled.

Naming of Marines D and E 'subject to another hearing'

The question of whether two Royal Marines, against whom charges were discontinued, should be named will be the subject of a further hearing, judges have said.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Tugendhat and Mr Justice Holroyde in London, said Marine A, who was convicted of murdering an Afghan insurgent, should be publicly named along with two servicemen who were acquitted by a court martial.


'Get some wheels,' Prince Philip tells a double amputee

Prince Philip meets trooper Cayle Royce.

The Duke of Edinburgh has jokingly advised a double amputee soldier to put some wheels on his prosthetic legs.

Prince Philip made the quip as he and the Queen officially opened the new headquarters of the armed forces charity SSAFA in London.

Trooper Cayle Royce, who lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan last year, said the Duke "told me I should lose the feet and put some wheels on my prosthetics. He said it will be easier to get around."

The 27-year-old South African added that Philip was "my hero...He's just a great person - really comedy."

Army enlistment should rise to 18, say campaigners

A drive to end the use of child soldiers could push the minimum age of Army enlistment up to 18-years-old, it has emerged.

The British army should only recruit soldiers over the age of 18, say campaigners. Credit: PA

Campaigners said the minimum age of enlistment during World War One was 18, so allowing 16-year-olds to join up in 21st century Britain made no sense.

The MoD enlists soldiers at 16 and deploys from the age of 18, but still refuses to implement a total ban on deployment of under-18s.

In an open letter sent to defence minister Mark Francois, Child Soldiers International praised the Ministry of Defence criticised the army's recruitment policy:

"Current recruitment policy channels the youngest most disadvantaged recruits into the most dangerous frontline combat roles.

"Those recruited at 16 have faced double the risk of fatality of adult recruits throughout the conflict in Afghanistan."

Suicide blast soldier was former reservist

The 42-year-old physics and geology graduate, WO2 Ian Fisher was born in Barking in Essex, joined the Territorial Army in February 1993.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Ian Michael Fisher. Credit: MoD

After completing his degree at Staffordshire University, and following three and a half years' service as a reservist Lance Corporal, he volunteered to go to Hong Kong in August 1996 as a Regular Private with B Company, 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's).

He completed four previous operational tours from 1999 - once to Northern Ireland, twice to Iraq and a previous tour of Afghanistan in 2011.

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