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RAF probes images of serviceman 'posing with Taliban body'

The RAF has launched an investigation after photographs emerged appearing to show a British serviceman giving a thumbs-up sign while posing with the dead body of a Taliban soldier.

The images, which originally appeared on the website Live Leak, were taken in Afghanistan following a 2012 militant attack on the British military base Camp Bastion.

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Helicopter crash servicemen are repatriated

A poignant ceremony marked the return of five British servicemen who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan as they were repatriated to the UK.

Hundreds of people gathered in the sunshine at Carterton, Oxon, to pay their respects to the fallen personnel as they returned to British soil.

Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner and Corporal James Walters, all of the Army Air Corps (AAC), were serving as the Lynx aircraft's three-man team when they died.

They lost their lives together with Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas of the Intelligence Corps, who were believed to have been passengers on the flight.

Poignant ceremony as five servicemen are repatriated

Mourners paid their respects. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Family and friends watched a poignant ceremony as five British servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan were repatriated to the UK. Hundreds of people gathered in the sunshine at Carterton, Oxon, to pay their respects to the fallen personnel as they returned to British soil.

Friends and family laid flowers. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Family members then lined the road on Norton Way, clutching flowers including red and white roses, lilies, brightly coloured tulips and yellow daffodils. The street fell silent at 4.52pm, when the bell tolled to mark the arrival of the servicemen's families at the Memorial Garden.

Cameron: 'Thoughts with families of five servicemen'

The Prime Minister has said that his "thoughts go out" to the friends and families of the five servicemen being repatriated at RAF Brize Norton.

The bodies of British servicemen repatriated to UK

The bodies of five service personnel who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan have been repatriated to the UK.

The bodies have been repatriated. Credit: ITV News

Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner and Corporal James Walters, all of the Army Air Corps (AAC), were serving as the Lynx aircraft's three-man team when they died.

The coffins were transferred to hearses. Credit: ITV News

They died together with Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas of the Intelligence Corps, who were believed to have been passengers on the flight.

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Bodies of British servicemen repatriated

The bodies of five service personnel who were killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan will be returned back to the United Kingdom later today.

MoD Handout) Captain Clarke, Warrant Officer Class 2 Faulkner, Corporal Walters and Lance Corporal Thomas. Credit: Ministry of Defence Credit: MoD/Crown Copyright

Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner and Corporal James Walters, all of the Army Air Corps (AAC), were serving as the Lynx aircraft's three-man team when they died.

They lost their lives together with Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas of the Intelligence Corps, who were believed to have been passengers on the flight.

Their helicopter went down in Kandahar province, 30 miles from the border with Pakistan, on the morning of April 26.

RAF scrambles aircraft over Russian jets 'threat'

A Typhoon jet takes off from RAF Northolt in west London in 2012. Credit: Reuters

The Ministry of Defence says Typhoon jets were scrambled when Russian aircraft came close to UK airspace have now returned to their base.

The RAF jets were put on alert earlier today.

It's not an entirely unusual occurrence however. British jets have been scrambled in a similar way around eight times in the last year.

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