5 Marines charged with murder

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence confirmed that five Royal Marines have been charged with murder after a 2011 incident in Afghanistan. Four were released without charge.

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What are the rules of engagement?

Seven Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder following an incident in Afghanistan last year, the Ministry of Defence said.

The Royal Military Police made the arrests in connection with an incident which occurred after "an engagement with an insurgent", the MoD said.

The rules of engagement, largely derived from the Geneva Convention, dictate under what circumstances British troops are allowed to open fire, whether that is to prevent an attack by the enemy or in direct contact.

The arrests are thought to be the first time UK servicemen have been held on suspicion of such charges during the conflict in Afghanistan.

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