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That moment a British soldier realizes he probably shouldn't be using an elected official for target practice
The only thing dumber than using a photo of an elected official for target practice is documenting it in an incriminating video that will almost guarantee an official investigation.
That's clearly what's running through the mind of at least one British Army soldier in a Snapchat video that shows several British troops deployed to Afghanistan blasting away with blue simulation pistols at a enlarged photo of controversial politician Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK's Labour opposition party and a key player in the country's ongoing Brexit drama.
The cellphone footage, first posted to Snapchat with the caption 'Happy with that,' shows four soldiers identified by British media as members of 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment at the New Kabul Compound in Afghanistan's capital city, according to Sky News defense correspondent Alistair Bunkall.
The UK Ministry of Defense confirmed the authenticity of the video and that the incident is currently under investigation.
"This behavior is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the army expects," a British Army spokesman told the New York Times on Wednesday.
While the British Army doesn't explicitly bar contempt towards elected officials like Article 88 of the United States Uniform Code of Military Justice does — the Armed Forces Act of 2006 details only general 'insubordination' as a punishable offense — the activity captured in the video goes against the ostensibly apolitical character of the British military.
"The Army is, and always will be, a totally apolitical organization," Nick Perry, commander of the 16 Air Assault Brigade Commander that includes the 3 PARA, told BBC News. "This is a serious error of judgement."
Ironically, Bunkall reports that the footage was taken during a so-called 'guardian angel' force protection drill implemented by the British Army to prepare service members for VIP personal protection details.
"There are images of celebrities on the range, but as VIPs to be protected rather than shot at," Bunkall wrote on Twitter.
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Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.