Legal claims 'threaten' military

British military operations risk being undermined by human rights laws and health and safety red tape applying to troops in the field, an influential think tank has warned.

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Hammond 'concerned' about armed forces legal claims

Mr Hammond admitted he was "concerned" about recent court judgments which could make it "more difficult" to carry out operations.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: Press Association

He said: "I remain concerned about the challenge to combat immunity arising from recent court judgments.

"These could make it more difficult for our troops to carry out operations in the future, and they potentially throw open a wide range of military decisions to the uncertainty of litigation.

"It cannot be right that troops on operations have to put the European Convention on Human Rights ahead of what is operationally vital to protect our national security."

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