Military legal challenges 'could lead to bloodier battles'

Britain's ability to mount military operations risks being undermined by the "unprecedented" number of legal challenges being brought against the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces, MPs have warned.

MoD: Legal challenges undermining military operations. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Commons Defence Committee said the fear of legal action meant troops on the battlefield may be increasingly unwilling to assume responsibility or take the necessary risks - damaging operational effectiveness.

It said the "judicialisation" of warfare could even lead to bloodier battles and more civilian casualties with risk-adverse commanders increasingly opting to call in airstrikes rather than put their troops in the line of fire.