Readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts Is it possible to join an army as a private and rise to the rank of general?
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Which army private was promoted to general?
Pallbearers will be from units associated with Falklands war, Downing Street announces More than 700 armed forces personnel drawn from all three services will take part in the funeral of Lady Thatcher, Downing Street has said.
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Margaret Thatcher’s funeral to involve 700 armed forces personnel
Afghans will determine their own fate, says defence secretary, as MPs warns country could descend into civil war within years The defence secretary has admitted that no one can predict what will happen to Afghanistan after British, US and other Nato troops end their frontline role there at the end of 2014, and stressed that only the Afghan people can find a lasting solution to the country’s violence, corruption and lawlessness. Philip Hammond’s remarks came as the Commons cross-party defence committee warned that Afghanistan could descend into civil war within a few years and suggests that the British government’s attitude towards the country is one of simply hoping for the best. Hammond told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the UK had intervened in Afghanistan to protect its national security and had never intended to stay for a protracted period
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Afghanistan’s future after Nato troops leave uncertain, admits Hammond