There is widespread media coverage of the arrest of seven Royal Marines on suspicion of murder in Afghanistan. | Various newspapers report on the launch of the 'Little Troopers' calendar for 2013 which has been produced by a charity to raise funds for the Armed Forces and features images of servicemen and their children. | The Daily Telegraph reports that British guns that were being stored in the ransacked US consulate in Benghazi are unaccounted for and feared to have fallen into the hands of extremists. | Various newspapers report that the Prime Minister has set out plans to mark the centenary in 2014 of the start of the First World War. | Various media report that fishermen are calling for Royal Navy protection after claims they were attacked by French vessels in the English Channel. | The Daily Mirror reports that Prince Harry has 'put his life on the line' in Afghanistan by hitting Taliban targets in his Apache helicopter.
Iraq Historic Allegations Team
The Guardian reports that a former employee of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team alleges that the inquiry set up to investigate abuse of detainees in Iraq has become 'little more than a whitewash'.
All of these allegations of abuse are known to the Ministry of Defence and Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) which is why the independent IHAT is already investigating them.
The MOD has co-operated fully, including the provision of all known evidence. We are confident in the IHAT's abilities and, following the outcome of their investigations, action will be considered against individuals where appropriate. Any criticisms about the IHAT itself are for the organisation to answer.