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NEWS LETTER

www.newsletter.co.uk Thursday, August 5, 2021

NEWS
EX-COLONEL ON RESURGENT TALIBAN

Army chiefs blamed
for Afghan ‘disaster’
A former Army intelligence
officer from Co Tyrone has
said that the military interventions by the west into Afghanistan – and Iraq – can
only be described as “unmitigated disasters”.
Formerintelligence colonel Philip Ingram MBE, who
attended the Royal School
Dungannon and now lives in
England,wasspeakingtothe
NewsLetterafterUUPleader
and former Royal Irish captain Doug Beattie expressed
deep concern about a resurgent Taliban taking control
of major parts of Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan (and Iraq)
can only be described as unmitigated disasters,” Mr Ingram told the News Letter.
“An initial clear mission
in Afghanistan, to remove Al
Qaeda, expanded without a
clear plan. It is easy to blame
political leaders but it is the
military leaders at the interfacebetweenmilitaryopera-

tions and political decision
making that have failed.
“All have been ‘yes’ men
andnonehavehadthemoral
courage to call out an impossible task for what it is. The
result ofthat lackof moralfibre was the needless deaths
and injury of countless Britishandalliedservicepersonnel, who at the tactical level
on the ground were doing an
outstanding job, whilst their
leaders failed them.”
However, he said this will
benothingcomparedtohow
the civilian population will
suffer in future as the Taliban and possibly Al Qaeda
will probably take control.
Thiswouldresultin“total
missionfailure”withan“unmeasurable” cost in deaths,
injuries, torture and hardship. He sees virtually no
hope for Afghanistan, unless something “drastic”
happens like China, which
it borders, moving in to fill
the vacuum.

CONCERN OVER POTENTIAL BREACH OF COURT ORDER

Businesses
shamed over
minimum wage
Football clubs, retailers, hairdressers and
cleaning contractors are
among 191 businesses
“named and shamed”
by the government for
breaking the minimum
wage law.
A total of £2.1 million was
found to be owed to more
than 34,000 workers following investigations by
Her Majesty’s Revenue
and Customs dating back
to 2011.
Named employers have
been made to pay back
what they owed, and
were fined an additional
£3.2 million.
Businesses named include retail giant John
Lewis, which said it was
“surprised and disappointed” to be on the list.
Other organisations
named included Sheffield United, Oldham
Athletic, Crewe, Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth football clubs,
as well as The Body Shop
International.

Bloody Sunday, when 26 unarmed civilians were shot during a protest march in 1972, 14 of whom died

Posts claim to
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Continued from page one
Mr Kinahan continued:
“The thoughtless actions of
these faceless internet trolls
is indeed dangerous, reckless
and unlawful.
“The actions of persons
sharing sensitive information
has again sought to demonise
veterans and undermine the
rule of law, the very basis for
which veterans have fought
and died for in order to protect the freedoms of today’s
citizens.”
The veterans’ commissioner also highlighted potential security concerns, saying:
“Personal security and safety
of veterans and their families
isstillaveryrealissueformany
and such breaches of the law
must not be taken lightly.
“Information relating to
thiscasehasbeenpassedtothe
relative authorities for investigation and I can only hope that
ourveteransareprotected,and
treated fairly having been let
down by some who believe the
lawcanbetakenintotheirown
hands.”
Mr Kinahan’s office confirmed to the News Letter that
ithadcontactedthePSNIabout
the posts.
UUP leader Mr Beattie,
speaking to the News Letter,
said: “It’s simple – there is a
court order that says these
people should not be named.

Everyoneshouldrespectthejudiciaryandwhathasbeensaid.
“The fact that these names
havebeenreleasedgoesagainst
what thejudiciaryhas saidand
therefore it’s up to the police to
investigatethesebreaches,and
take action where they deem it
necessary.”
He suggested further legal
proceedings could now follow,
saying:“Theindividualsnamed
also now have recourse to go to
solicitorstotakelegalactionas
well. I think there’s already so-

MoD re-evaluate
security
The Ministry of Defence (MoD)
has said it is re-evaluating the
security of those involved.
A spokesperson said: “Anonymity is only put in place by the
courts and inquiries after very
careful consideration. In order
to ensure the safety of those
who have been subject to legal
proceedings, we expect everyone to uphold judicial decisions
on anonymity.
“We take this matter very seriously and the Police Service of
Northern Ireland are currently
investigating. We are taking
appropriate steps to re-evaluate
the support and security of
individuals who are publicly
named.”

licitors taking legal action in
regards to Soldier F.”
MrBeattiecontinued:“This
servesnopurposewhatsoever.
It’s pointless and doesn’t help
resolve the situation. I just
wish people would adhere to
what the judiciary is saying on
issues like this.”
He also suggested the sharing of the information online
could have implications for
victims if others are deterred
from coming forward for fear
of court-granted anonymity
being breached.
“It is a concern if we are
looking for people to come forwardandgiveinformation,and
those people would be expecting to come forward and give
that information with a degree
of anonymity,” he said.
“If people just wantonly ignore that anonymity and post
their names all over social
media then those people will
think twice about coming forward. I think that goes without
saying.
“What I would say, and I
would appeal to everybody, if
youhaveinformationthen you
should certainly bring it forward in order to help victims
and survivors deal with what
happened in the past.
“But I can understand why
some of them wouldn’t because of silly and futile acts
like this.”