High court rules that up to 161 allegedly unlawful killings by British military should be subject of coroner-style hearings A series of public inquests should be held into the deaths of civilians who are alleged to have been killed unlawfully by the British military following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the high court has ruled. In a ground-breaking judgment that could have an impact on how the British military is able to conduct operations among civilians in the future, the court ruled on Friday that up to 161 deaths should be the subject of hearings modelled upon coroners’ inquests.
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UK ordered to hold inquests into civilian deaths during Iraq war
Military support charity inundated with calls and web traffic over soldier killed while wearing Help for Heroes top Help for Heroes has been swamped with donations, leading to its website crashing, after Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered while wearing one of the charity’s tops. Supporters of the military charity took to social networks in an attempt to boost its coffers after the 25-year-old was killed in Woolwich, south-east London, on Wednesday
Help for Heroes donations deluge crashes website after Woolwich murder
As a British Muslim and former army officer, I know this barbaric attack will only increase the unity of all military personnel The British armed forces is one of the last truly great institutions of our country. That a young soldier , unarmed, alone and walking in his own country, could be attacked and killed is profoundly shocking.
Woolwich attack: extremists will not divide our armed forces | Afzal Amin
In the wake of the spike in far-right activity, the risk of ‘cumulative extremism’ is one of the issues that should occupy minds The horrific murder in Woolwich has already triggered a disturbing chain of events. In less than 24 hours, the number of supporters of the far-right English Defence League’s (EDL) Facebook page has rocketed more than threefold, from around 25,000 to over 75,000. Then, in response to the group’s online call for “feet on streets” and its claim that “we are at war”, about 100 EDL activists descended on Woolwich to “tell the religion of peace that we don’t need them here”, and threw missiles at police
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Woolwich attack and the far right: three points to consider when the dust settles | Matthew Goodwin
Eyewitnesses in shock as two men hack soldier to death in full public view, then ask for passersby to take photographs of them A meat cleaver is clasped in his blood-smeared left hand; the other – also stained red with human blood – waves manically as he shouts at the camera, ranting his justification for the atrocity on the streets of south-east London. At about the same time, in the nearby Musgrave primary school, the headteacher David Dixon ordered a lockdown after seeing the body of a man – believed to be a young soldier – lying on John Wilson street. If there was any doubt why this young man, who witnesses said was aged in his early 20s and wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt, had lost his life in such a brutal fashion, that was soon quashed
Woolwich killing: horror on John Wilson Street