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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2006, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Tuesday, 10 October, 2006
By Simon Enright
Producer, BBC Newsnight

British soldiers in Afghanistan
Presented by Jeremy Paxman

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I'm writing this on behalf of Jeremy Paxman - he's out filming again. This time at the Military's "University" - the MOD's Defence Academy.

Two weeks ago we reported that a leaked paper written at the Academy had raised doubts about the success of the army's role in Afghanistan, said the war in Iraq had become a recruiting sergeant for al-Qaeda and expressed concerns about the reliability of Pakistan's security services.

The Lieutenant General in charge of the Academy, Sir John Kiszely was not happy and wanted to put us straight. So Jeremy went to visit. I'm told by the producer on the ground that the interview is electric.

UK troops' pay

So how is morale amongst the armed services? That's also a question we'll be putting to the Defence Secretary, Des Browne, who decided that despite claiming our forces are some of the best paid in the world they still need a bonus when on "operational" duties.

North Korea

Justin Rowlatt is on the case of North Korea. We've asked him to find out why the regime wants a nuclear weapon and who it might use it against.

He's currently outside the North Korean embassy in West London demanding answers. We'll let you know how he gets on.

Russian journalist

Today was the funeral of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. She was murdered on Saturday.

But what was the story she was working on and was it the reason she was murdered?

Tim Whewell is trying to piece together the story of her killing.

Man Booker

And finally, the Man Booker prize is announced just before we go on-air. Not only does the winner get 50,000 but undoubtedly a big boost in sales - last year's winner sold nearly 250,000 copies. We'll have the first interview with the successful author.

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