On Thursday, 5 April, various media reported on ceremonies in Sarajevo marking 20 years since the start of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. | On Friday, 6 April, the Sun reported that a soldier told how he stood on an IED but survived. | The Daily Mirror reported that the Taliban has revealed that they have put Afghan Security Forces at the top of their target list, rather than ISAF personnel. | The Daily Mail reported that ministers are preparing a U-turn over plans to impose secret justice in Britain. | The Daily Express reported that the Canadian government has donated £63,000 to the Bomber Command Memorial. | The Daily Mail reported that the RAF's new tankers do not work on fighter jets. | On Saturday, The Times reported that British forces from 1 YORKS have handed over control of their final checkpoint in Lashkar Gah to the Afghan National Police. | The Mirror reported that the biggest housing boom for 50 years is happening in Afghanistan as developers construct fortress-like homes to prepare for Western troops pulling out. | Various papers reported that a war memorial that had been missing for decades has been discovered in a scrap yard. | The Telegraph reported that Britain's warships will be more vulnerable to missile attacks under plans to axe the sophisticated radar cover currently provided by Sea King helicopters. |On Sunday, various media reported that seven crew members of an RAF Chinook helicopter have been taken to hospital for checks after it made an emergency landing in the southern US. | The Sunday Express reported that more than 400 members of the Armed Forces have had Easter leave cancelled to go on tanker driver training courses in case the threatened distribution drivers' strike goes ahead. | On Monday, the BBC reported that two giant hull sections of the first of two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers being built on the Clyde have been joined together. | The Daily Star reported that a Royal Marine who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan has completed a 125 mile (201km) trek in a canoe. | The Independent reported that the French opposition say they will withdraw troops from Afghanistan in just eight months time, if they win the country's elections. | Various papers reported that the US has agreed to hand over control of night-time raids against the Taliban to the Afghan government. | The Daily Mirror reported that there has been a 'huge' rise in mental health issues among Service personnel. | The Times reported that Britain is set to hold talks with Japan this week to discuss jointly developing weapons. | Various papers reported that a team of Royal Navy divers have destroyed a German Second World War mine that was found in the Thames Estuary. | The Telegraph reported that the RAF has been accused of double standards after it was revealed that clauses in contracts mean that staff who have been made redundant from the Service will still be liable for reserve duty for the next 18 years. | The Times reported that the MOD has failed to keep a promise to sell eight pieces of art. | Today, the Mirror reports that thousands of hardcore Taliban fighters have been reintegrated into Afghan society as armed police officers.
Corporal Jack Leslie Stanley dies of wounds sustained in Afghanistan
It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence has announced that Corporal Jack Leslie Stanley, of the Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish), died in hospital in Birmingham, on 8 April 2012, from wounds sustained in Afghanistan. Click here to read more.
Military working dogs
The Daily Mirror reported on Friday that 807 military working dogs have been put down by the Army over the past decade.
Military working dogs play an invaluable role in Afghanistan and are much loved by the troops.
The MOD's policy is to re-home all military working dogs at the end of their service life wherever practicable. Regrettably, however, there are occasions when military working dogs have to be put down. This action is only ever taken as a last resort. In most cases dogs are only put down for veterinary reasons such as serious illness or injury. In a few instances a dog's behaviour will make it unsafe to re-home because of the risk it poses to the public. In cases such as these, training will be given to attempt to correct this. Only if this training fails will the animal be put down.