Afghan War

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'.

The Full Impact of Afghanistan Is Yet to Be Seen

Air Vice Marshal David Murray | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Air Vice Marshal David Murray

As we attempt to slowly understand the full impact of the Afghanistan campaign and stay abreast of the huge changes afoot to the structure of our Armed Forces, SSAFA will continue to review and meet the changing needs of the military community. But we cannot do it alone.

Why Has the Ministry of Defence Tried to Ban its Own Book?

Matt Carr | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.

Talking to Terrorists... Again

Matt Carr | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

In the same week that the Obama administration took another step towards another Middle Eastern 'quagmire', the US government quietly announced that it would begin negotiations with the Taliban. Well sort of.

Plane Crash Kills Four In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK

A plane crash in southern Afghanistan has killed four members of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force. The identities of the four h...

Remembering Afghanistan: Attitudes and Support Amongst the British Public

Rachael Gribble | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK
Rachael Gribble

Despite opposition to the Afghanistan mission, the public holds their Armed Forces in high esteem and understands what is potentially at stake in the campaign. We can therefore be fairly confident that on this Remembrance Sunday, the efforts of the UK's Armed Forces troops, and those we have lost, will continue to be warmly remembered, and appreciated, by the British public.

Imran Khan Visits 14-Year-Old Girl Shot By Taliban

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 08.11.2012 | UK

Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricket star turned politician, has caused outrage by claiming that the Taliban are fighting a 'holy war' justified by Islam...

Five Royal Marines Charged With Murder

PA | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK

Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder in relation to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today. Seven...

Afghan Interpreter Ordered To Leave UK Wins Reprieve

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK

An Afghan interpreter who was blown up by a Taliban bomb whilst working with British forces is to have his failed asylum bid reconsidered in an embarr...

Troops Could Return From Afghanistan 'Earlier Than Expected'

PA | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Politics

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has revealed he is considering plans to bring back some British troops from Afghanistan earlier than expected. Mr ...

Afghanistan, Illusions and Delusions

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Jasdev Singh Rai

So what was the NATO summit all about. Illusions of a perfect democracy and delusions of aims achieved. The west went in believing and comes out believing.

Carnage In Afghanistan As US Soldier Goes On The Rampage

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK

A US soldier in Afghanistan has gone on the rampage, killing at least 16 civilians, according to reports. The incident happened in the village of...

Foreign Office Afirms 'Resolve To Succeed' After Decade In Afghanistan

PA | Posted 01.12.2011 | UK

Britain has the "resources and resolve" to succeed in Afghanistan, the Government has insisted after 10 years of war in the country. ...

David Wood

Too Few British Troops And Confused British Strategy Suggest Hard Lessons In Afghanistan | David Wood | Posted 04.09.2011 | UK Politics

A new study of the counterinsurgency operations conducted by British forces and U.S. Marines in southern Afghanistan suggests a difficult road ahead. ...