UK military deepens ties with regime accused of funding terror groups

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 23 June 2021 Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) is about to establish a second fighter squadron with Qatar, an authoritarian Gulf state accused of supporting extremist groups across the Middle East which the UK itself opposes and says promote terrorism. UK/Qatar squadron will be established in September in Yorkshire, northern […]

As the UK hypes the China ‘threat’, it sells the country billions in military-related equipment

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 7 June 2021 While British ministers claim China is an increasing threat to UK interests, they have approved the sale of £2.6-billion worth of military and dual civilian/military equipment to the country in the last three years. The exports will likely benefit China’s navy and airforce – as the UK […]

Revealed: MI5 and MI6 are flouting environmental legislation

By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 1 June 2021 The new head of MI6 says his agency will monitor other countries’ climate commitments but the UK’s own intelligence agencies are refusing to provide any information on their own environmental footprint.  Declassified finds that the only UK legislation requiring security agencies to disclose information […]

Four terrorists who murdered Britons fought in David Cameron’s war in Libya

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 25 May 2021 The public inquiry into the 2017 Manchester terrorist attack shows no sign of investigating the UK’s covert role in the Libya war of 2011 – in which the bomber had fought. He is one of four terrorists from that conflict who went on to slaughter 63 people, […]

UK spends millions training security forces to control Palestinians in West Bank and Lebanon

By Matt Kennard, Mark Curtis and Phil Miller, Declassified UK, 20 May 2021 British aid projects supporting Palestinian security forces appear to be as much about helping to stop threats to Israel, the occupying power, as they are about enhancing Palestinian state-building. Declassified reveals the UK has seven army and air force personnel in the West […]

How the UK military supports Israel’s combat operations against Palestinians

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 15 May 2021 As violence escalates in Israel and Palestine, we take readers through the expanding military relationship between the UK and Israel, which has been erased by the British media. The deepening alliance involves UK military training of Israel for combat, joint exercises, arms deals, as well as intelligence […]

Revealed: The UK’s largest intelligence agency is a significant emitter of greenhouse gases

By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 7 May 2021 Declassified UK obtains first evidence of the environmental footprint of Britain’s surveillance agency, GCHQ, which shows its staff are flying nearly three times more than the average Briton annually, raising questions about the scale of its global base network, which has never been officially […]

Like billionaire-controlled media, The Guardian misinforms its readers on the UK’s role in world

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 26 April 2021 Millions of its readers believe the Guardian offers critical, independent reporting that is different to the right-wing, billionaire-controlled UK media. But its limited coverage of British foreign and security policies gives a misleading picture of what the UK does in the world. The paper is in reality […]

The British ambassador who supported a coup

By Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard, Declassified UK, 30 March 2021 Britain’s ambassador to Bolivia, Jeff Glekin, played a personal role in events leading up to the 2019 military-backed coup that deposed the country’s democratically-elected president, Evo Morales — and strongly supported the new regime as it carried out two massacres of unarmed protesters, Declassified […]

Charles of Arabia: How Britain’s next king bolsters autocratic Gulf regimes

By Phil Miller and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 24 February 2021 The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, has held 95 meetings with eight repressive monarchies in the Middle East since the ‘Arab Spring’ protests of 2011 threatened their power. Charles has played a key role in promoting £14.5-billion worth of UK arms exports […]