In the UK, our experiences of war - at least for people under 30 years old - is a foreign affair. It’s something we do to others, far away. It is also glamorised and sanitised - especially if it is a war we are taking part in. When the coaliltion of countries led by American and strongly supported by Britain invaded Iraq in 2003, the major pictures we saw looked like this:
But all is not as it seems.
In a “post-truth” world, people are finding it increasingly difficult to separate truth from propaganda. This is particularly true, and has been for a long time, when it comes to war. Chris Woods of AirWars explains some of the challenges in reporting from warzones, and what that means for how we understand war at home.
War propaganda explained
Britain has been involved in several offensive wars in since 2001, impacting millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria especially. Britain’s role in these countries of course extends back much further - and the impact of this can still be seen today.
The MOD and Human Rights
False allegations have been levelled against British soldiers in war zones, but are the government using this to reduce their accountability in future conflicts? We scrutinise the government's recent proposed changes in derogating from the European Convention of Human Rights in future conflicts, and limiting other means civilians have of holding the MOD accountable.
Britain and the war industry
What's Britain's relationship with the war industry? We ask the awkward question.
Britain's long involvement in Iraq
Confused by what's happening in Iraq? We explain what's happening and how there's far more to the British-Iraq relationship than just Tony Blair.
We also went to the streets of Baghdad to hear what Iraqis had to say about the war, and the impact Britain has had on Iraq.
Reacting to army adverts
Every year there's new ad campaigns for joining the army - but what should we be aware of when watching them? We ask two veterans and a new recruit for their reactions to recent British army ads campaigns.
Why are we talking about war?
Britain’s armed forces are currently active in Iraq and Syria, and it’s not been too long since they were active in Afghanistan and Libya too; all are more than 1,000 miles away from mainland Britain.