British troops could be in Mali for more than a year, Downing Street has suggested, in a further deepening of the UK’s military commitment to the conflict.Up to 40 military personnel will take part in a European Union mission to train Malian government soldiers, which will last for up to 15 months, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said.
A further 200 British troops have been earmarked to take part in a separate training mission to support the Malian government organised by West African states, which will take place outside Mali.
The details of the two training programmes are expected to be agreed early next month, Downing Street said.
The disclosure came as MPs called for a vote on what they fear could be a long and drawn-out deployment of British troops to fight against al Qaeda in North Africa. Up to 330 UK troops are to be deployed to the region under existing plans.Read More HERE
Its not the first time British troops have been sent to a War zone and then been given their P45.
Those that have never experienced War will always think War a good idea,
The Royal Artillery Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who dost everywhere lead
thy people in the way of righteousness, Vouchsafe so as to lead the
Royal Regiment of Artillery, That wherever we serve, on land or sea or in
the air, We may win the glory of doing thy will Amen.
A quarter of homeless people are ex-services and 5,000 former service personnel are in prison.
The Red Poppy Company.
Did you know that each year an average of ten Falklands veterans commit suicide, this means that more soldiers have killed themselves since the end of that war than the fewer than two hundred and fifty eight who died during it.
(Source: Times cover story 12/11/02)
A "tsunami" of mental health problems resulting from the war in Iraq is "headed our way," - -
Ex-servicemen make up a quarter of homeless people in Britain, according to Shelter and the government's social exclusion unit.