|British Empire soldiers in 1878 Afghanistan.|
The Socialist British spend billions on the cradle-to-grave welfare state and have no money left to even fund an army to defend the nation.
Socialism forces British Defense Cuts
5,300 Soldiers to Lose Jobs
- British Army is to be reduced to only 82,000. The smallest army since the 1700s.
- The army of Nigeria will number 18,000 more troops than the UK.
More than 5,000 British soldiers will be made redundant in the latest round of job cuts, the UK government announced.
The Army will bear the heaviest burden in this third wave of redundancies because the Navy and RAF have already completed most of their necessary cuts, Sky News reported.
Up to 5,300 soldiers will lose their jobs, although anyone serving in Afghanistan when redundancy notices are issued on June 18 will be exempt reports Fars News.
|The once great British Empire.|
The UK is so weakened by Big Government Socialism that the armies of Greece, Nigeria, Brazil, Thailand and Poland are larger than the British Army.
It will also not affect soldiers recovering from a recent tour of duty or those preparing to deploy within the next six months.
Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said, "The Army is actively managing recruitment to reach the target numbers, but unfortunately redundancies are unavoidable due to the size of the defense deficit that this government inherited and the consequent scale of downsizing required in the Army.
Chief of the General Staff General Sir Peter Wall added, "The Army is unfortunately reducing to 82,000 by 2015 and this tranche of redundancy is essential to achieving that.
By the end of the process, the Army will have shrunk to 82,000 soldiers - a reduction of around 20,000.
UK Shadow Defense Secretary Jim Murphy told the BBC the announcement of the redundancies was a “dreadful day for so many members of the British Army and their families.”
"There are real worries about the military impact of a loss of skills and capability at a time of increased threats and new global challenges,” said Murphy.
The U.S. is airlifting French troops to Mali
- Cradle-to-grave Socialism has so bankrupted France that the French Army has to stick out their thumbs and hitch a ride to wars in Africa.
The United States has airlifted French soldiers and equipment to Mali with its C-17 transport planes, in an attempt to push back Islamist militants that have taken over the northern half of the country.
The airlifting will continue for several days as the US aids the French government in its initiative to fight Islamists. The Malian authorities, fearing a terrorist takeover, has long requested help from neighboring countries to regain control of the north.
“The missions will operate over the next several days,” Tom Saunders, a spokesman for US military’s Africa Command, told the Associated Press.
Three US flights have arrived in Mali since Monday, with one arriving Tuesday morning, the New York Times reports. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday declared his goal of a “total reconquest” of Mali, a statement that was followed by the French takeovers of the central Malian towns of Diabaly and Douentza.
France currently has more than 3,000 troops working on the Mali takeover in an operation it has code-named Operation Serval in Mali. All but 1,000 of these troops have been deployed in Mali, while the rest are intervening from the neighboring countries of Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Niger and Chad.
The extent of the US involvement in the initiative is unknown, but the use of at least three C-17 transport planes has been witnessed by reporters and there are reports of a US-flagged military transport aircraft taking off from the Istres air base in the south of France.
In an interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Capital Hill, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the US assistance in Mali is a good example of future military assistance it might provide to its allies. Washington on Friday congratulated Paris for its "antiterrorist" actions, but made it clear that it would not bring its own troops into the conflict, since Mali is not of strategic interest to the US.
(RT News - USA)
|The United States has been airlifting French soldiers and |
equipment to Mali with its C-17 transport planes. The bankrupt
French cannot transport their own troops to war.