There were troops and equipment in and around built-up areas, therefore bombs were used to take out the threat to our troops.
This is a crucial element in any part of security sector reform, ... If you don't have civilian control ... the security sector reform will not succeed.
Lessons for the Future.
We have said we are in this for the long haul and we mean it.
We are there for weapon collection, not to work a green line between the two sides, not to peace-make or to peace-keep and not to pursue one group against another. If it does go pear-shaped, then this force will have to terminate.
I know that these events have encouraged veterans to talk about their wartime experience, some for the first time, and pass on their own family's story to younger generations giving them the opportunity to keep these memories alive.
This year's commemorative events have enabled us to demonstrate to those who lived through the war at home and abroad that the sacrifices their generation made and the hardships they endured are still acknowledged, valued and appreciated,
among the best equipped in the world, ready to face environments ranging from desert conditions in Iraq, monsoon conditions in Brunei, to winter in the Balkans.
Support for the modern serviceman or woman starts from the skin out,
What I can say is that U.S. forces helped to provide urgent medical support at the scene of the incident, something for which I know our forces are grateful,
a submarine presence able to launch Tomahawk missiles.
a major enhancement of the coalition's capabilities.
Another 400 Marines will return to Britain from the training exercises, but will be held at a high readiness, ... This arrangement will permit us to rotate companies aboard ship and so guarantee the whole Commando remains fresh and fully prepared for operations.
I don't think there's anything new in the report, ... I think we are on the case and already some remedial action is being taken.