UK government refuses to disclose arms export licenses to Israel, citing future publication and public affairs concerns

In response to a freedom of information request, the Department for Business and Trade has declined to provide details on arms export licenses to Israel since October 2023, invoking exemptions related to future publication and the effective conduct of public affairs.

SAS members detained over alleged war crimes in Syria comes amid wider scrutiny of Britain’s ‘elite’ forces

British military police have detained five SAS members for alleged war crimes in Syria, spotlighting the elite unit’s conduct amidst ongoing investigations into unlawful killings in Afghanistan and involvement in a domestic drug network

Retired senior officers accuse British military of being ‘woke’. But how valid are their concerns?

Amidst a polarized debate on diversity and national security, retired senior officers’ critique of “obsessive racialising” in the British military contrasts sharply with the need for systemic reforms to address ingrained issues of discrimination and underrepresentation.

US retaliates with airstrikes on 85 targets in Iraq and Syria after deadly drone attack

In response to a drone attack in Jordan that killed three American soldiers, the US has launched airstrikes on 85 targets across Iraq and Syria.

Former UK PM Liz Truss’s secret lobbying for defence exports to China raises security concerns

Liz Truss, ex-Prime Minister of the UK, is reported to have covertly urged government officials to expedite the sale of military-grade landmine disposal equipment to China, sparking debates over national and allied security interests.

British military deliberates: is releasing details of alleged war crimes to AOAV in public interest?

The UK Ministry of Defence delays releasing details on alleged war crimes by the UK military, citing a need to balance public interest and investigations, amidst AOAV’s call for transparency and accountability.

UK government suppresses MP inquiries about Cyprus base’s role in Gaza conflict

The UK government is censoring all parliamentary questions regarding RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, suspected of aiding Israel’s military actions in Gaza.

Examining the truth behind Daily Mail’s reports of terrorists crossing the Channel in small boats

The Daily Mail’s repeated stories of suspected terrorists crossing the English Channel in small boats raise security fears, but often lack concrete evidence and may contribute to public misinformation and xenophobia.

Is UK defence spending worth it? A call for a national debate about who, in the end, really benefits from Britain’s arms trade

The UK’s significant investment in the defence industry, highlighted by the recent DSEI exhibition, raises concerns about its true beneficiaries, as financial trends suggest international shareholders gain the most, despite defence’s modest contribution to the national economy, necessitating greater transparency, accountability, and a reevaluation of investment priorities for genuine national benefit.

Judge rules partial confidential hearings in UK Special Forces war crimes inquiry

A UK inquiry into alleged war crimes by British forces in Afghanistan will conduct some sessions in private, following a decision by the chair, Sir Charles Haddon-Cave.

Selling Death: how arms manufacturers put a positive spin on weapons production

In 2021, $592 billion were made in sales by the 100 largest arms companies around the world. AOAV analysed the marketing techniques used on the websites of 25 of the world’s largest weapons producers.

Ministry of Defence under scrutiny: concerns over lack of transparency and accountability in inquiry response

The Ministry of Defence’s response to the independent inquiry into allegations of unlawful killings by UK armed forces in Afghanistan raises concerns about a lack of transparency, accountability, and ambition for fair and full disclosure, potentially undermining public trust and the pursuit of justice.