Britain supported Pakistan as it helped the Taliban kill UK troops

By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 9 September 2021 Britain has long trained and supported Pakistan’s military intelligence establishment despite Islamabad aiding Taliban operations in Afghanistan – where 457 British soldiers were killed Last week, British foreign secretary Dominic Raab made his first trip to Pakistan after the botched withdrawal of troops and civilians from […]

Four failed wars must finally force the UK to adopt an ethical foreign policy

By Phil Miller and Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 25 August 2021 Britain’s regime change operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria have been catastrophic. A key reason is that UK policy has no moral consistency — friends and enemies are interchangeable over time, based purely on short-term pragmatism and rarely on ethical concerns or the […]

Revealed: The UK has spent £350 million promoting regime change in Syria

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 20 July 2021 A controversial Whitehall body — the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund — has used large amounts of money from the British aid budget to support the opposition in Syria. Declassified outlines the extent of this funding for the first time. The UK government has spent at least […]

Revealed: UK troops ‘secretly operating in Yemen’

By Naser Shaker, Mark Curtis and Phil Miller, Declassified UK, 6 July 2021 Britain has a secret detachment of up to 30 troops in Yemen, where they are training Saudi forces amid the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, Declassified has discovered. The British personnel are said to be based at Al-Ghaydah airport in Mahra province of […]

Foreign minister James Cleverly accused of breaking ministerial code over arms to Israel

By Mark Curtis, Declassified UK, 30 June 2021 Britain’s Middle East minister James Cleverly is regularly refusing to provide answers to written questions posed to him by members of parliament, especially on UK arms exports to Israel, contravening House of Commons rules. James Cleverly has been accused of breaking the UK’s Ministerial Code and of […]

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 […]