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calendar   Sunday - August 28, 2011

‘politically insensitive’ brit troops musn’t offend the enemy

How do I start on this one? I wasn’t even gonna boot today to be honest. Still dragging from yesterday, up early and think I may have a cold or something coming on. Not certain but not 100% old ranting self.  Cold and damp and just want some coffee and back to a warm bed.

Our papers were delivered unusually early this Sunday morning. So when this darn thing caught my eye, well, I knew I had to turn this puter on and share.
If I had any hair left to pull out, I wouldn’t have the energy to do so this morning.

Take a look at this bit pc tom foolery.


Banned: ‘Taliban Hunting Club’ badges worn by UK troops in Afghanistan

By CHRISTOPHER LEAKE

British soldiers in Afghanistan have been banned from wearing skull-and-crossbones badges on their uniforms that declare ‘Death To The Taliban’ and proclaim membership of a ‘Taliban Hunting Club’.

The unofficial stick-on badges are now a cult accessory among British troops fighting Taliban insurgents.

But senior Army officers visiting Helmand province in southern Afghanistan – where most UK troops are based – have ordered them to be removed because they are deemed ‘politically insensitive’.

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Commanders were said to be particularly worried about the repercussions if any of the estimated 600 soldiers wearing one of the fabric badges accidentally shot a civilian in the heat of battle.

Ministry of Defence lawyers are understood to have expressed concern that any soldier wearing one of the badges who might later become embroiled in a legal case after killing an innocent Afghan would be viewed as ‘maverick’.

One of the banned emblems features a crude pirate-style skull and crossbones and a Death To The Taliban slogan, while another has a more intricate design of a skull with crossed rifles behind it and the motto Taliban Hunting Club.

Yet another shows a skull framed by a sniper’s gun sight covered in an Arab-style scarf and, on top of it, what appears to be the dead body of a Taliban fighter stripped to the waist.

The badges are made in Britain and they are sent out to soldiers by friends and relatives, or taken out by the troops in their backpacks.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/28/2011 at 06:14 AM   
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