• August 14, 2020

As well as recruiting armed forces personnel from overseas the British armed force do a lucrative business in ‘guns for hire’. It’s one of the reasons that the United Kingdom has refused to sign the United Nations ‘International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries’.

‘Declassified spells’ out in detail here the levels of support that the UK give via seconded permanent personnel to several Middle Eastern States including, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. These countries all effectively despotic regimes are partners in the Saudi coalition waging war on civilians in Yemen:


The countries the UK (and US) military prop up are all run by repressive regimes that are ‘serial abusers of human rights’. In addition to direct military support the UK supplies contractors mainly via BAE systems and also training facilities that use RAF Valley (which in term utilises the Civil Airport in the Isle of Man).

Image: Typhoons in Oman – A RAF ‘Biggles’ flies the planes

Bernard Moffatt
pp Celtic League Military Monitoring (14th August 2020)

Note: The Celtic League opposes military activity by the UK and French Armed forces in the Celtic countries. It’s Manx branch adopted this as policy in the 1970s and it was extended to the League generally by resolution of the Leagues AGM in the early 1980s. The Celtic League cooperates with International peace groups and those opposed to the recruitment of children into the armed forces.

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