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British troops spend last
Christmas in Helmand

Telegraph [UK], by Ben Farmer

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/25/2013 5:21:15 AM

British troops spent their eighth and perhaps last Christmas in Helmand this year as the UK prepares to end its combat mission to Afghanistan at the end of 2014. Around 5,200 servicemen and women spent Christmas day in Afghanistan, with most of them in the southern province which has seen heavy fighting between British forces and the Taliban since 2006. Almost all Britain’s remaining troops are scheduled to be withdrawn over 2014 before the Nato combat mission finishes at the end of the year. The Government currently has no plans to keep military trainers or advisers in the province where nearly 450 British

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British troops spend last
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Telegraph [UK], by Ben Farmer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:21:15 AM     Post Reply
British troops spent their eighth and perhaps last Christmas in Helmand this year as the UK prepares to end its combat mission to Afghanistan at the end of 2014. Around 5,200 servicemen and women spent Christmas day in Afghanistan, with most of them in the southern province which has seen heavy fighting between British forces and the Taliban since 2006. Almost all Britain’s remaining troops are scheduled to be withdrawn over 2014 before the Nato combat mission finishes at the end of the year. The Government currently has no plans to keep military trainers or advisers in the province where nearly 450 British




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Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:15:56 AM     Post Reply
Two Taliban rockets landed inside the American embassy compound in Kabul early on Christmas day, in a reminder that Afghanistan remains riddled with insecurity even as foreigners marked the festive season. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which included another strike in the city, but caused no casualties. “At approximately 6:40 local time in Kabul, approximately two rounds of indirect fire impacted the US Embassy compound,” a statement from the embassy said. “All Americans are accounted for and no injuries were sustained. “The Embassy continues to investigate the attack.” Rocket strikes on the capital have been rare in recent years but 2013 has

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Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail Staff and Reuters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2013 5:05:30 AM     Post Reply
The hackers who attacked Target Corp and compromised more than 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers, according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation. One major U.S. bank fears that the thieves would be able to crack the encryption code and make fraudulent withdrawals from consumer bank accounts, said the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the data breach is still under investigation. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said ´no unencrypted PIN data was accessed´ and there was no evidence that PIN data has been ´compromised´.

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million go online to sign up to
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Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 8:16:44 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/24/2013 7:58:15 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 6:40:06 PM     Post Reply
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