February 8 2016 Latest news:

Defence

Royal Marines from 45 Commando on patrol in Sangin in the Helmand province of Afghanistan in 2009. British troops have been deployed to help local forces. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

British troops sent to tackle Taliban advance in Afghanistan

A team of around 10 British troops has been deployed to Afghanistan to help local forces after the Taliban took control of key strategic sites in Sangin.

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Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons where he is setting out his case for the extension of RAF airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. PA Wire

Britain must decide whether to take on the evil of so-called Islamic State or “wait for them to attack us”, says PM

Britain must decide whether to take on the “evil” of so-called Islamic State in its Syrian heartlands or “wait for them to attack us”, Prime Minister David Cameron has told MPs as he made the case for air strikes.

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The Royal Anglian Regiment Homecoming Parade for the 1st Battalion,The Vikings, through Norwich city centre. Photo : Steve Adams

The Vikings mark their return to Norfolk with homecoming parade

More than 1,000 people gathered in Norwich to cheer on some of our region’s bravest soldiers as they marched through the city.

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Royal Anglians parade at Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Bill Smith.

People of Norwich urged to come out and support Royal Anglian Regiment at homecoming parade

A rallying cry has been issued for the people of Norwich to fill the streets in their tens and thousands to welcome home the Royal Anglian Regiment from Afghanistan.

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An RAF Puma helicopter. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Two RAF service personnel killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Two service personnel from the RAF have been killed following a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

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