Afghan medals could be reviewed after allegations.

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Award of Afghan medals could be reviewed after allegations that citations were incorrect

Dozens of gallantry medals awarded to British troops who fought the Taliban in Helmand could be reviewed after allegations that citations were incorrect.

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
Last Updated: 9:56PM BST 02 May 2009

Major Robert Armstrong (right) with former EastEnders actor Ross Kemp
The disclosure follows the arrest of an Army major who won the Military Cross “for consistent bravery and inspirational leadership” after he allegedly exaggerated accounts of his bravery.
It is understood to be the first time such an investigation has been conducted by the British Army and could have far-reaching implications for the way honours and awards are “written up” by senior officers.

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There has been concern about so-called “medal inflation” creeping into the Armed Forces, under which units have ended up with a larger haul of medals for actions in Helmand than they would have received under similar circumstances in previous conflicts.
Major Robert Michael Armstrong, 35, who was attached to 1st battalion The Royal Irish Regiment battle group in Helmand last year, was arrested last week by the special investigation branch of the Royal Military Police after a complaint by another officer. The Sunday Telegraph understands that the unnamed officer complained that Major Armstrong exaggerated his involvement in battles and that actions attributed to himself were actually those of fellow officers.
It is also understood that Lt Col Edward Freely, the commanding officer of the Royal Irish battle group, could also be questioned if the investigations go any further
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