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MOD £7 Billion Funding Black Hole And Hong Kong Vets Appeal For Citizenship

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Watchdog Claims Huge Funding Shortfall For Military Equipment

The Ministry of Defence has a funding black hole of at least £7 billion for military kit over the next decade, according to a report by the Commons spending watchdog.

The Public Accounts Committee said the MOD lacked the ability to " accurately cost programmes".

It also said the government dithers over which projects to fully finance, cancel or scale back.

The MOD said it was "addressing the financial challenges" it's facing.

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Australian Defence Force Admits It May Have Killed Civilians In Iraq

The Australian Defence Force says two of its fighter jets may have been responsible for the deaths of up to eighteen civilians during an operation in Iraq in 2017. 

The aircraft were taking part in a bombing raid against so-called Islamic State, as US-led forces tried to re-take the city of Mosul.

An initial survey indicated that there were no civilian deaths. But reports by the monitoring group, Airwars, led to an investigation which found that between six to 18 people could have been killed.

 

The Call For British Citizenship for Hong Kong Veterans

Veterans who served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces in Hong Kong have met with the Home Secretary to appeal for UK citizenship.

Hundreds of soldiers were denied passports when the former colony was handed back to China in 1997.

Sajid Javid heard a personal appeal to reverse the refusal and to right an injustice to those who gave 18 years service to the British Army.

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