Afghan Taliban

Stop Asking The Taliban To Surrender

Ben Acheson | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Ben Acheson

The first pre-requisite for any genuine Afghan peace process is reshaping the surrender-narrative. The term 'peace' itself must be reclaimed so that it is no longer viewed with suspicion or equated to surrender and weakness. Those who are hostile to it become comfortable with it.

Why We Can't We Make Peace In Afghanistan

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Ask anyone working in Afghanistan why peace is still elusive and the answers are predictable. Some will blame Pakistan for harbouring Taliban leaders....

No Military Solution And No Negotiations In Afghanistan - So What Next?

Ben Acheson | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

The Taliban will not be defeated militarily. This is an unfortunate reality, but a reality it is. It does not mean that Afghanistan is 'lost'. It means that 'winning the war' can no longer be the guiding principle for policymakers. The collective commitment must now be 'winning the peace'.

Peshawar School Attack - Violence Breeds Violence

Dilly Hussain | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Whilst there is absolutely no justification for the killing of women and children in Islam, Muslim leaders have made the all-too-common mistake of apologising and condemning a crime which was not carried out in the name of religion. Rather, the unfortunate event that occurred was as a result of an ongoing cycle of violence that began in 2001.

Pakistan's Tragedy, and Why 'Homeland' Is More Informative Than the News

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

After the terrible massacre yesterday at Peshawar's Army Public School a three-day nationwide mourning begins in Pakistan. At least 132 children and 9...

Farewell Afghanistan... Where to Next, Mr Cameron?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

British soldiers have died, arguably in vain, as the Taliban are stronger now than ever before, and remains a de-facto government in many provinces. Furthermore, the world has become a more dangerous place as a result of Tony Blair and George Bush's war on terror.

Marine A: Cold-blooded Murder Is Never Heroic

Steve Rose | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

Sergeant Blackman's conviction was an accident of justice since his crime was only uncovered when civilian police discovered the infamous video on a serviceman's laptop. However, he will now serve life with a minimum parole tariff of 10 years.

US Army To Seek Death Penalty For Afghan Shooter

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK

The US army has announced it will seek the death penalty for the American soldier accused of murdering 16 civilians in Afghanistan. Nine children ...

Listening, Giving, and Having Compassion

Deborah Smith | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK
Deborah Smith

I'd been in Kabul four weeks and still couldn't decide if I was completely mad. It was certainly a captivating environment to work in, so incredibly different, such an insight into a torn and troubled country.

US Soldier Accused Of Massacre Flown Out Of Afghanistan

Posted 19.03.2012 | UK

The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians during a shooting rampage in Kandahar on Sunday has been flown to Kuwait. Although Afghan off...

Afghans Demand Public Trial Of US Soldier After Civilian Massacre

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK

Afghan politicians are demanding that the US soldier allegedly involved in the killings of 16 civilians faces a public trial. The call came in a st...

UK Troops In Afghanistan At Risk From Revenge Attacks, Says Former Commander

Huffington Post UK / PA | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK

British troops could be killed in reprisal attacks after an American soldier allegedly gunned down 16 villagers in southern Afghanistan, the former co...

Taliban Vow Revenge Attacks

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK

Taliban insurgents have threatened to carry out revenge attacks after a US soldier went on a shooting rampage in Afghanistan, killing at least 16 civ...

Celebrities Call on World Leaders not to Sacrifice Afghan Women's Rights

Shaista Gohir | Posted 10.12.2011 | UK Politics
Shaista Gohir

It's great to see that Dame Helen Mirren, Shazia Mirza, and Alesha Dixon are being the voice for women outside of Afghanistan so they can have one ins...