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MoD document approves British troops for illegal bombing, charity claims

A previously confidential Ministry of Defence document grants British troops permission to engage in potentially illegal bombing, which has not been approved by parliament, a charity has claimed.

The 2016 chief of defence staff (CDS) directive on so-called “embedded personnel”, released on Tuesday during legal proceedings, outlines exceptions where British troops working in foreign units can engage both in countries where the UK is not operational and against targets MPs have not approved.

It also specifically acknowledges US troops embedded within a UK unit can operate outside UK rules of engagement, which set limits on what the British military can do.

Read the full story in the Guardian.